Almost by accident, Amazon has thus “backed into cloud computing,” as Mr Michalski puts it, using the buzzword for today's next big thing: the trend among both consumers and companies to compute and store data on the internet, rather than on a local computer. If there is a leader in the cloud, it is Google. But Amazon is now right up there. Better yet, although Amazon overlaps with Google in the cloud, it does not rival it directly. Google mostly offers entire applications, such as word processing or spreadsheets, to consumers though their web browsers. Amazon offers services to programmers so they can build and run their own applications.
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1 physically violent and frightening:
a fierce attack/battle
Two men were shot during fierce fighting last weekend.
2 strong and powerful:
Fierce winds/seas prevented the race from taking place.
Fire fighters had to retreat from the fierce heat.
3 showing strong feeling or energetic activity:
The expansion plans will face fierce opposition/resistance from environmentalists.
There is fierce competition to join the Special Branch.
4 US INFORMAL difficult:
The chemistry exam was fierce!
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1 in a frightening, violent or powerful way:
to growl/fight fiercely
to burn fiercely
She's fiercely competitive/independent.
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a person, group, etc. competing with others for the same thing or in the same area:
He beat his closest/nearest rival by 20 marks.
The companies produce rival versions of the toy.
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verb [T] -ll- or US USUALLY -l-
to be as good, clever, beautiful, etc. as someone or something else:
No computer can rival a human brain for/in complexity.
The beauty of the country is only rivalled by (= is equal to) the violence of its politics.
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noun [C or U]
There's such rivalry among/between my three sons.
There's fierce rivalry for the job/to get the job.
━━ n. 競争相手 ((in, for)); 対抗馬; よい相手; 匹敵する人［もの］ ((to)).
━━ a. 競争相手の.
━━ v. （〈英〉-ll-） 競争［匹敵］する ((for)).
ri・val・ry ━━ n. 競争, 対抗.
- One who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another; a competitor.
- One that equals or almost equals another in a particular respect.
- Obsolete. A companion or an associate in a particular duty.
v., -valed or -valled, -val·ing or -val·ling, -vals or -vals. v.tr.
- To attempt to equal or surpass.
- To be the equal of; match: “They achieved more than they had ever dreamed, lending a magic to their family story that no tale or ordinary life could possibly rival” (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
To be a competitor or rival; compete.
[Latin rīvālis, one using the same stream as another, a rival, from rīvus, stream.]
SYNONYMS rival, compete, vie. These verbs mean to seek to equal or surpass another. Rival is the most general: “His ambition led him to rival the career of Edmund Burke” (Henry Adams). To compete is to contend with another or others to attain a goal, as a victory in a contest: Local hardware stores can't compete with discount outlets. Vie, often interchangeable with compete, sometimes stresses the challenge implicit in rivalry: The top three students vied for the title of valedictorian.