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emulation (n.)

1550s, from Middle French émulation (13c.) and directly from Latin aemulationem (nominative aemulatio) "rivalry, emulation, competition," noun of action 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, suffixed form of root *aim- "copy" (from PIE root *aim- "to copy").

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Definitions of emulation from WordNet

emulation (n.)
ambition to equal or excel;
emulation (n.)
(computer science) technique of one machine obtaining the same results as another;
emulation (n.)
effort to equal or surpass another;
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