rival

Definitions

  • The Rival Forces
    The Rival Forces
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rival be the rival of, be in competition with "we are rivaling for first place in the race"
    • v rival be equal to in quality or ability "Nothing can rival cotton for durability","Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues","Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
    • n rival the contestant you hope to defeat "he had respect for his rivals","he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rival A person having a common right or privilege with another; a partner. "If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
      The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste."
    • a Rival Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority; as, rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions. "The strenuous conflicts and alternate victories of two rival confederacies of statesmen."
    • Rival One who is in pursuit of the same object as another; one striving to reach or obtain something which another is attempting to obtain, and which one only can posses; a competitor; as, rivals in love; rivals for a crown.
    • v. i Rival To be in rivalry.
    • Rival To stand in competition with; to strive to gain some object in opposition to; as, to rival one in love.
    • Rival To strive to equal or exel; to emulate. "To rival thunder in its rapid course."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rival One having a common right or privilege with another; an associate; an alternating partner or companion in duty.
    • n rival One who is in pursuit of the same object as another; one who strives to reach or obtain something which another is attempting to obtain, and which only one can possess; a competitor: as, rivals in love; rivals for a crown.
    • n rival One who emulates or strives to equal or exceed another in excellence; a competitor; an antagonist: as, two rivals in eloquence.
    • n rival Synonyms and See emulation.
    • rival Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority: as, rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions.
    • rival To stand in competition with; seek to gain something in opposition to: as, to rival one in love.
    • rival To strive to equal or excel; emulate.
    • rival To be a competitor; act as a rival.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rival rī′val one pursuing the same object as another: one who strives to equal or excel another: a competitor
    • adj Rival having the same claims: standing in competition
    • v.t Rival to stand in competition with: to try to gain the same object as another: to try to equal or excel:—pr.p. rī′valling; pa.t. and pa.p. rī′valled
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage -- he won't encounter many rivals.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Bear patiently with a rival.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
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    “Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.”
  • Djuna Barnes
    Djuna Barnes
    “The heart of the jealous knows the best and most satisfying love, that of the other's bed, where the rival perfects the lover's imperfections.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rival,cf. It. rivale,), L. rivales, two neigbors having the same brook in common, rivals, fr. rivalis, belonging to a brook, fr. rivus, a brook. Cf. Rivulet Rete

Usage

In literature:

But it seemed that in the act of falling Frank whirled in the air and brought his rival under.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
He is still in the hearts of the people, and there he has only one rival.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
Indeed, as a popular orator he seems to have had no rival.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Our rival's slave, standing at Thais' door!
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
He saw the danger of these rival factions.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
While Sybil stood behind the group, she saw her husband and her rival precede every one to the door.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
My ambition is to build here a rival to the palaces of Europe.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
But do you know nothing of a new rival there?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
In sheer physical power of speech he was without a rival and none surpassed him in appreciation of his eloquence.
"Nights" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It would be tedious to read the various wars between Charles and his rival.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
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In poetry:

They strove, and in that eager strife
Their morning friendship was forgot,
And all the joys that sweeten life,
The rival bubbles knew them not.
"The Rival Bubbles" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Said I, of dress the borrowed light
Could rival not her beauty bright?
Yet, looking round, `tis truth to tell,
No damsel here is dressed so well.
"At a High Ceremony" by Robert Fuller Murray
The love of thee flows just as much
As that of ebbing self subsides;
Our hearts, their scantiness is such,
Bear not the conflict of two rival tides.
"Divine Love Endures No Rival" by William Cowper
To his RIVAL. And dost thou think those smiling eyes
Have warmly glow'd on thee alone ?
And canst thou think her fainting sighs
To no fond ear but thine have flown ?
"The Discarded Lover" by Laura Sophia Temple
She cried aloud with gladsome heart,
"Be that the test whereon to try thee;
Nature and heaven shall take my part:
Come, show this rival; I defy thee
And all thy art."
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
So as the bold stripling, came singing along,
The Exile, sprang out from his lair,
While his rival soon warbled a different song
(T’was less of a song, than a prayer)
"To A Hatpeg" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Filner beats Democratic rival in latest rematch.
1 Knights (11-0) at 7:30 pm Friday in the Class AAA quarterfinals in a rematch of rivals who faced off during the season.
KANELANDâ€What better way to let a future conference rival know who’s king of the track than to show them a year early.
Handheld device with 7.9-inch screen to put pressure on tablet rivals.
The East Coweta Lady Indians captured the Region 3-AAAAAA softball title Thursday night with a 5-4 victory over rival Newnan.
Regardless of record, the Sun Belt rivals have played close.
You've got staying power that is the envy of your rivals.
Best Buy to match some rivals' online pricing.
Carder has missed the last five games with an injured finger on this throwing hand and he will not return to face the team's rival Central Michigan Saturday.
And Western Michigan senior quarterback Alex Carder will miss the Bronco's Mid-American Conference season opener Saturday night in Kalamazoo against West Division rival Toledo.
Rep Jeff Flake leads Republican Senate rival Wil Cardon by 22 percentage points in a new statewide poll of Arizona GOP-primary voters.
If University of Virginia fans couldn't find a comeback to rival the Cavaliers ' ninth-inning rally in Monday's baseball super regional, they weren't looking very hard.
Senate rivals diverge on key foreign policy matters.
It's elective, after all, so back-scratching of friends and pummeling of rivals is to be expected from that office.
Dortmund thrashes group rival Ajax.
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In science:

If a favorable overlap does exist, however, the sensitivity to hmββ i might rival that of 0ν ββdecay.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass
This result rivals the best limits obtained from many years of searches for the double beta decay of 76Ge.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass
Since the total spin of such pairs is zero, they might provide a rival to the color-antisymmetric spin-one pairing pursued in literature.
Spontaneous symmetry breaking in strong and electroweak interactions
At some cutoff scale the size of the spin-orbit coupling will rival that of the cutoff.
Large spin-orbit effects in small quantum dots
The unprecedented precision of atom interferometry will soon lead to laboratory tests of general relativity to levels that will rival or exceed those reached by astrophysical observations.
Testing General Relativity with Atom Interferometry
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