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From Middle French émulation, from Latin aemulātiōnem, accusative singular form of aemulātiō.



emulation (countable and uncountable, plural emulations)

  1. The endeavor or desire to equal or excel someone else in qualities or actions.
    a great figure who is worthy of respect and emulation
    • 1827, Lydia Sigourney, Poems, Tribute to an Instructor, page 210:
      Allur'd, not forc'd, encourag'd, not compell'd;
      The shrinking eye look'd up, the soul was cheer'd,
      Felt as it learnt, confided e'er it fear'd;
      And first by emulation's ardour mov'd,
      Prest onward in the path which soon it lov'd.
  2. (obsolete) Jealous rivalry; envy; envious contention.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC:
      , New York Review Books 2001, p.263:
      Scarce two gentlemen dwell together in the country [] , but there is emulation betwixt them and their servants, some quarrel or some grudge betwixt their wives or children []
  3. (computing) Execution of a program or other software designed for a different system, by simulating parts of the other system.

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