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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 ?
Besides, there were two voices heard in contention, and one of them was unquestionably the voice of a Frenchman.
Harris managed to prevent a 5-1 by passing a fast-starting Justin Sedgmen on the last lap of heat 11, and Ellis kept Bees in contention for a point with another controlled win in the second reserves' race.
Anderson was left out over a training matter, but both he and Lyne are back with Brian Smith's squad and in contention to face Sheffield on Sunday.