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contention

[kən′ten·chən]
(communications)
A method of operating a multiterminal communication channel in which any station may transmit if the channel is free; if the channel is in use, the queue of contention requests may be maintained in predetermined sequence.
(computer science)
The condition arising when two or more units attempt to transmit over a time-division-multiplex channel at the same time.
Competition for the same computer resources by two or more devices or programs, such as an attempt by several programs to use the same disk drive simultaneously, or by several users in a multiaccess system to use the system's resources.

contention

A condition that arises when two devices attempt to use a single resource at the same time. See contention resolution and CSMA/CD.
References in classic literature ?
The citizens of the States interested would clamour; foreign powers would urge for the satisfaction of their just demands, and the peace of the States would be hazarded to the double contingency of external invasion and internal contention.
From the view they have exhibited of this part of the subject, this conclusion is to be drawn, that America, if not connected at all, or only by the feeble tie of a simple league, offensive and defensive, would, by the operation of such jarring alliances, be gradually entangled in all the pernicious labyrinths of European politics and wars; and by the destructive contentions of the parts into which she was divided, would be likely to become a prey to the artifices and machinations of powers equally the enemies of them all.
Upon reaching the first landing, heard two voices in loud and angry contention - the one a gruff voice, the other much shriller - a very strange voice.
The time elapsing between the hearing of the voices in contention and the breaking open of the room door, was variously stated by the witnesses.
They are puzzled, too, by the seeming impossibility of reconciling the voices heard in contention, with the facts that no one was discovered up stairs but the assassinated Mademoiselle L'Espanaye, and that there were no means of egress without the notice of the party ascending.
Murder, then, has been committed by some third party; and the voices of this third party were those heard in contention.
Besides, there were two voices heard in contention, and one of them was unquestionably the voice of a Frenchman.
Yes, he decided, the contention of every white man in the islands was right; the Solomons was no place for a woman.
But whether fishing, or carving canoes, or polishing their ornaments, never was there exhibited the least sign of strife or contention among them.
Padraig, and the other Irish lads in contention, are saving the tournament, to an extent," said McGinley after struggling to a 77 at Adare Manor yesterday.
Woods said: "I just think it he lpstobein contention -to know how to deal with the back nine and all of the different roars and all of the different things that happen here on the back nine on Sunday.
The JetHawks remained in contention for a second half title until Monday's regular season finale against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, when despite several inspired comebacks they experienced a disappointing 14-12 loss that in many ways was a microcosm of their season.