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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 competitions of commerce would be another fruitful source of contention.
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.
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.
This also increases number of repetition in rounds of contentions to access channel in the Contention Access Period (CAP).
Contentions should contain three elements of liability:
Burst contentions at the core node are inevitable because of the unpredictable nature of the burst flow.