Other forms: emulations

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.

Definitions of emulation
  1. noun
    effort to equal or surpass another
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    type of:
    copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
  2. noun
    ambition to equal or excel
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    type of:
    ambition, aspiration, dream
    a cherished desire
  3. noun
    (computer science) technique of one machine obtaining the same results as another
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    terminal emulation
    (computer science) having a computer act exactly like a terminal
    type of:
    a practical method or art applied to some particular task
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