verb (used with object), em·u·lat·ed, em·u·lat·ing.
- 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.
Origin of emulate
Synonyms for emulate
Related Words for emulatorcompetitor, contender, competition, challenger, peer, adversary, opponent, rival, favorite, contestant, murderer, spy, terrorist, guerrilla, agent, detractor, bandit, foe, villain, traitor
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Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for emulate
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.