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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.
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A copy of the decision on the solar and wind contention (Contention 10C) is here: http://www.
Bradley Dredge (pictured) and Paul Lawrie kept each other motivated to stay in contention.
McCarthy said: "Rory is training now and if all goes well he has a chance of being in contention for the Birmingham game.
But he made amends yesterday by winning four consecutive stages to propel himself back into contention for a top-three spot.
The Parisian seems to go to pieces when in contention on day four.
Victory here 12 months ago, with rounds of 64 on Thursday and Sunday, clinched the Asian Tour Order of Merit for Dyson and he was delighted to be back in contention after a disappointing year by his own high standards on the European Tour, where he finished 87th on the money list.
now, this might be locks or contention, but I/O is a likely culprit.
In keeping with his contention in the introduction and conclusion that sexuality is too complex and diverse for there to be "truths" about it, McLaren's final chapter critiques the standard "liberalization" trope used so often by North American historians of sexuality, and of which the most stunning result is a growing homogenization, notable for example in the willingness of 1990s gays to get married.
The Scot said: 'We said we would not be in contention to win races until this year and we would not be in contention to win the world championship until next year and I still stand by that.
He said: "I hope I can continue that sort of form this year but really I want to put myself into contention.
The Tax Court found no merit in Mountain State's contention that "cost" may refer to replacement cost as well as to actual cost; the court reasoned that "[i]f Congress had intended for the term `cost' in LIFO inventory tax accounting to have a meaning different from th[e] regulatory definition [of Regs.