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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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After rebounding from their worst start in franchise history to close within one game of first-place Lake Elsinore in the second-half standings July 18, they're now stumbling their way out of contention.
But he understandably found the competition too hot that day and fell when out of contention in the two-mile contest.
15) bounces back after a lacklustre display at the track last time, fading out of contention after only three furlongs.
The stocky straight-hitter produced a trademark performance on his last competitive outing, in the New Zealand Open two weeks ago, recording rounds of 64-68 to sit second going into the weekend, before a Saturday 76 dropped him out of contention.