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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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Contend is also developing digital warehousing services that will greatly improve the efficiency and time to market for branded content.
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He contends that the "politically motivated scholar and teacher is engaged in a dishonest act: pretending that his conclusions are reached impartially when they are not.
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But in his claim, James McMurray, 59, who lives in Burbank, contends the investigation prompted his transfer from the head of detective operations to the West Bureau.
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To contend, as he does, that it is not race that has been the problem in American history, but a "specific kind of racial classification," seems at first a form of sophistry and a matter of semantics.
So close is the connection that living chimp species belong to the genus Homo, just as people do, contend Morris Goodman of Wayne State University in Detroit and his colleagues.
Three of the four essays dealing with the Weimar period reject the theory that a "front generation" emerged from the war but do contend that the myth of a front generation was utilized by groups to gain their ends.