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[em-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɛm yəˈleɪ ʃən/
effort or desire to equal or excel others.
Obsolete. jealous rivalry.
Origin of emulation
1545-55; < Latin aemulātiōn- (stem of aemulātiō). See emulate, -ion
Related forms
nonemulation, noun
overemulation, noun
1. imitation, competition. Unabridged
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  • Madame herself had published etchings by her own fair hands; and to hear of these things excited the emulation of Madame Du Barry.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • Priscilla has jumped to her conclusion at once,—perhaps in emulation of Mrs Grey.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • I have seen no verses on these sublime occasions, so that I have no emulation.

  • It aroused at once their emulation and their condemnation of each other.

  • The picture of this highly developed state, however, is not such as would tempt us to emulation.

    H. G. Wells J. D. Beresford
  • An old word for to challenge, or incite to emulation; still in full use.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Nor was the Eastern example more productive of emulation than the Ionian.

British Dictionary definitions for emulation


the act of emulating or imitating
the effort or desire to equal or surpass another or others
(archaic) jealous rivalry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emulation

1550s, from Middle French émulation (13c.) and directly from Latin aemulationem (nominative aemulatio), from past participle stem of aemulari "to rival, strive to excel," from aemulus "striving, rivaling" (also as a noun, "a rival," fem. aemula), from Proto-Italic *aimo-, from PIE *aim-olo, from root *aim- "copy" (see imitation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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emulation in Technology

When one system performs in exactly the same way as another, though perhaps not at the same speed. A typical example would be emulation of one computer by (a program running on) another. You might use an emulation as a replacement for a system whereas you would use a simulation if you just wanted to analyse it and make predictions about it.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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