Definitions for: Emulation


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Em`u*la"tion, n. [L. aemulatio: cf. F.
['e]mulation.]
1. The endeavor to equal or to excel another in qualities or
actions; an assiduous striving to equal or excel another;
rivalry.

A noble emulation heats your breast. --Dryden.

2. Jea?ous rivalry; envy; envious contention.

Such factious emulations shall arise. --Shak.

Syn: Competition; rivalry; contest; contention; strife. --
Emulation, Competition, Rivalry. Competition is
the struggle of two or more persons for the same object.
Emulation is an ardent desire for superiority, arising
from competition, but now implying, of necessity, any
improper feeling. Rivalry is a personal contest, and,
almost of course, has a selfish object and gives rise to
envy. ``Competition and emulation have honor for their
basis; rivalry is but a desire for selfish
gratification. Competition and emulation animate to
effort; rivalry usually produces hatred. Competition and
emulation seek to merit success; rivalry is contented
with obtaining it.'' --Crabb.

See Also: ambition, aspiration, dream, imitation, technique, terminal emulation

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