- to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass: to emulate one's father as a concert violinist.
- to rival with some degree of success: Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.
- to imitate (a particular computer system) by using a software system, often including a microprogram or another computer that enables it to do the same work, run the same programs, etc., as the first.
- to replace (software) with hardware to perform the same task.
- Obsolete. emulous.
Origin of emulate
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Examples from the Web for emulator
According to Goethe, the ancients are "the despair of the emulator."We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)
Of the same kind are the emotions which the death of an emulator or competitor produces.
The climate is described by some emulator of Thomson to consist of "Tre mesi d'Inferno, nove d'inverno."The Argosy
- to attempt to equal or surpass, esp by imitation
- to rival or compete with
- to make one computer behave like (another different type of computer) so that the imitating system can operate on the same data and execute the same programs as the imitated system
Word Origin and History for emulator
1580s, from Latin aemulator, agent noun from aemulari (see emulation). Computer sense attested by 1965.
1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari "to rival." Related: Emulated; emulating.