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Rival appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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  • Star in a model firm regrets lobotomy Nazis out-rival, O cola virtuosi: zany mo to bolster germ-rifled Omani rats.
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Definition of the noun rival

What does rival mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: rivals

  1. the contestant you hope to defeat

Alternative definition of the noun rival


  1. A competitor (person, team, company, etc.) who is well known to another and has similar skills and achievements. Defeating a rival may be a primary or necessary goal of a competitor.
  2. Someone or something with similar claims of quality or distinction as another.

Specialised definition of the noun rival

Glossary of sports

in sport, the opponent in a competition (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb rival

What does rival mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: rivalled, rivalling

  1. be equal to in quality or ability
    • example: Nothing can rival cotton for durability
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of rival: equal / match / touch
    • more generic words: compete / contend / vie = compete for something; engage in a contest
  2. be the rival of, be in competition with

Alternative definition of the verb rival


  1. [transitive] To oppose or compete with.
  2. To equal to or surpass another.


Rival is a musical group.


RIVAL is a record label.


  1. "Rival" is a Latin pop song by American recording artist Romeo Santos from his debut album Formula, Vol. 1. Produced by Santos, the track was released as the album's third single in Latin America and the United States. It features Camila lead singer Mario Domm.
  2. "Rival" is a composition.
  3. "Rival" is a 2012 single album by Romeo Santos featuring Mario Domm.
    • released on
  4. "Rival" is a musical EP of Rival.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  5. "Rival" is a musical single of Ken Ashcorp.
    • released on


  1. Rival is a TV program, begun on (13 years ago).
  2. Rival was a sternwheel steamboat that ran on the Willamette River between Oregon City and Portland, Oregon from 1860 to 1868. Rival was intended to be a boat which would promise low fares in an effort to beat a steamboat monopoly which was then in formation.

Phrases with Rival

  1. Rival Lipfern
  2. to rival

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Rival

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Google previewThe Saddle and Show Horse Chronicle (1917)

-_ KING'S RIVAL. Formerly King's Rival is a young chestnut stallion ...

Google previewEverybody Eats There (2007)

by William Stadiem, Mara Gibbs

The new rival is the new arrival, Cipriani, a branch of Harry's Bar in Venice. There is also a London Harry's Bar, a very private dining club a few blocks away in the dead center of Mayfair, close to Claridge's and the Connaught. The Venetian ...

Google previewQuarterly Essay 48 After the Future (2012)

Australia's New Extinction Crisis by Tim Flannery

aggression, andwhen the rival is a woman the aggression cannot help but look excessive. Marr discusses.

Google previewBritish Politics For Dummies (2015)

by Julian Knight, Michael Pattison

Whether or not struggling UK helicopter firm Westland should merge with a European or American rival is the sort of decision that comes across the desk of cabinet ministers every day of the week. But somehow this routine event nearly led to ...

Google previewFamily Therapy (2012)

An Interactional Approach by Maurizio Andolfi

Assuming your rival is a welltrained, causeandeffect thinker, you ...

Google previewEurope United (2010)

Power Politics and the Making of the European Community by Sebastian Rosato

In sum, whether or not states balance against an overwhelming rival is a function of both means and opportunity. They must have the ...

Google previewThe Little Book of Child and Adolescent Development (2014)

by Karen Gilmore, Pamela Meersand

There is less ambivalence and less tolerance for delayed gratification when the rival is a sibling, an equal, who is enjoying greater intimacy with the coveted parent right now. There is less terror about incest because, in desiring a sibling, the ...

Google previewConflict and Identity in Romans (2003)

The Social Setting of Paul's Letter by Philip Francis Esler

Within the framework of social identity, however, these chapters of the letter set out in some detail the origins and nature of the new common ingroup identity in Christ and emphasize its superiority over rival means to solve the dilemma of ...

Google previewAll about Children (1983)

An Introduction to Child Development by Dorothy Baldwin

Learning to be very attached to a close rival is an important lesson in human relationships. Siblings squabble, fight ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Case Study Research (2009)

by Albert J. Mills, Gabrielle Durepos, Elden Wiebe

Rival explanations are at the core of robust analysis in case study research, providing one critical check and balance that increases the credibility of the research findings. An explanation is a description that may clarify the causes, contexts, ...

Google previewA dictionary of old English plays (1860)

by James Orchard Halliwell- Phillipps

THE RIVAL KINGS; or, the Loves of Oroondates and Statira. A tragedy by John Banks, acted at the Theatre Royal. 4to. 1677. This play is written in rhyme, and the plot taken almost entirely from the Romance of Cassandra, excepting what ...

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Sign language

Kelton's sign language- rival to Dawnah (take 2)

Quotes about Rival

No man agrees that his rival
Is fitter than he to his beloved.
No woman agrees that her rival
Is cuter than she to her lover.
No one is realistic, being at stake
07.01.2008 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of R1I1V4A1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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