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In computing, an emulator is hardware or software or both that duplicates (or emulates) the functions of a first computer system (the guest) in a different second computer system (the host), so that the emulated behavior closely resembles the behavior of the real system.

emulate v 1: strive to equal or match, especially by imitating; "He is emulating the skating skills of his older sister" 2: imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software 3: compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with; "This artists's drawings cannot emulate his water colors"

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "emulate": challenge, challenge comparison, compete, compete with, cope, copy after, equal, follow, follow like sheep, follow suit, jockey, meet, model after, outvie, pattern after, rival, take after, test one another, vie, vie with

Emulate \Em"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emulating}.] To strive to equal or to excel in qualities or actions; to imitate, with a view to equal or to outdo, to vie with; to rival; as, to emulate the good and the great. [1913 Webster] Thine eye would emulate the diamond. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Emulate \Em"u*late\, a. [L. aemulatus, p. p. of aemulari, fr. aemulus emulous; prob. akin to E. imitate.] Striving to excel; ambitious; emulous. [Obs.] ``A most emulate pride.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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Imitation is an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another's. The word can be applied in many contexts, ranging from animal training to international politics.

imitate v 1: reproduce someone's behavior or looks; "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings" [syn: {copy}, {simulate}] 2: appear like, as in behavior or appearance; "Life imitate art" 3: make a reproduction or copy of

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "imitate": act like, adopt, affect, ape, appear like, approach, appropriate, approximate, assume, be like, be redolent of, bear resemblance, borrow, bring to mind, burlesque, call to mind, call up, caricature, chorus, come again, come close, come near, compare with, copy, correspond, counterfeit, crib, derive from, ditto, do, do a repeat, do again, do like, do over, double, duplicate, echo, emulate, evoke, fake, favor, follow, forge, go like, hoke, hoke up, impersonate, infringe, look like, make like, make use of, match, mimic, mirror, mock, monkey, near, nearly reproduce, not tell apart, parallel, parody, parrot, partake of, pirate, plagiarize, quote, redo, redouble, reduplicate, reecho, reflect, regurgitate, reincarnate, remind one of, renew, repeat, replicate, reproduce, resemble, revive, satirize, savor of, say again, seem like, send up, simulate, smack of, sound like, spoof, stack up with, steal, suggest, take, take after, take off, take on, take over, travesty

Imitate \Im"i*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imitating}.] [L. imitatus, p. p. of imitari to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. {Image}.] 1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc. [1913 Webster] Despise wealth and imitate a dog. --Cowlay. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character, color, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to counterfeit; to copy. [1913 Webster] A place picked out by choice of best alive The Nature's work by art can imitate. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] This hand appeared a shining sword to weild, And that sustained an imitated shield. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. (Biol.) To resemble (another species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object) in form, color, ornamentation, or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one in color and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates, in color, one having secretion offensive to birds. [1913 Webster]

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  • emulate: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • emulate: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • emulate: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • emulate: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • imitate: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • imitate: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • imitate: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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