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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
  2. (obsolete) Jealous rivalry; envy; envious contention.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , 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) Running a program or other software designed for a different system, by simulating parts of the other system.

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