emulation

Emulation is the effort to act like someone else. Your emulation of your older brother on the tennis court might create a rivalry between you, as you become a better player.

Emulation comes from the Latin aemulat- meaning "rivaled, equaled," but we usually use emulation in a non-competitive sense, like the emulation of a role model. Having a role model can be useful. Your emulation of that person can help keep you focused toward your goal. It's when that admiration turns into a competitive obsession that emulation becomes a problem. In computing, emulation is the technique used so one machine gets the same results as another.

Primary Meanings of emulation

1.
n
effort to equal or surpass another
2.
n
(computer science) technique of one machine obtaining the same results as another
Full Definitions of emulation
1

n effort to equal or surpass another

Type of:
imitation
copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else

n ambition to equal or excel

Type of:
ambition, aspiration, dream
a cherished desire
2

n (computer science) technique of one machine obtaining the same results as another

Types:
terminal emulation
(computer science) having a computer act exactly like a terminal
Type of:
technique
a practical method or art applied to some particular task

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