What does resist mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defy, resist, refuseverb

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

  2. resist, hold out, withstand, stand firmverb

    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

  3. protest, resist, dissentverb

    express opposition through action or words

    "dissent to the laws of the country"

  4. resist, stand, fendverb

    withstand the force of something

    "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"

  5. resist, reject, refuseverb

    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

    "His body rejected the liver of the donor"

  6. resist, balk, baulk, jibverb

    refuse to comply


  1. Resistnoun

    (Technology) Something that resists or prevents a certain action; specif.: A substance applied to a surface, as of metal, or of a silicon wafer, to prevent the action on it of acid, other chemical agents, or any other process such as irradiation or deposition, which would modify the surface if not protected. The resist is usually applied or in some way formed into a pattern so that the underlying surface may be modified in a complementary pattern.


  1. resistnoun

    A protective coating or covering.

  2. resistverb

    To attempt to counter the actions or effects of.

  3. resistverb

    To withstand the actions of.

  4. resistverb

    To oppose.

  5. Etymology: From resistre, resister, and their source, resistere, from re- + sistere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RESISTverb

    Etymology: resisto, Lat. resister, Fr.

    All the regions
    Do seemingly revolt; and, who resist,
    Are mock’d for valiant ignorance,
    And perish constant fools. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Submit to God; resist the devil, and he will flee. Ja. iv.

    Nor keen nor solid could resist that edge. John Milton.


  1. Resist

    A resist, used in many areas of manufacturing and art, is something that is added to parts of an object to create a pattern by protecting these parts from being affected by a subsequent stage in the process. Often the resist is then removed. For example in the resist dyeing of textiles, wax or a similar substance is added to places where the dye is not wanted. The wax will "resist" the dye, and after it is removed there will be a pattern in two colours. Batik, shibori and tie-dye are among many styles of resist dyeing.Wax or grease can also be used as a resist in pottery, to keep some areas free from a ceramic glaze; the wax burns away when the piece is fired. Song dynasty Jizhou ware used paper cut-outs and leaves as resists or stencils under glaze to create patterns. Other uses of resists in pottery work with slip or paints, and a whole range of modern materials used as resists. A range of similar techniques can be used in watercolour and other forms of painting. While these artistic techniques stretch back centuries, a range of new applications of the resist principle have recently developed in microelectronics and nanotechnology. An example is resists in semiconductor fabrication, using photoresists (often just referred to as "resists") in photolithography.


  1. resist

    To resist is to strive to fend off or counteract something, such as an opposing force or the actions or effects of something. It's also refusing to accept, comply with, or be moved or affected by something. Resistance is often used in a variety of contexts, such as physics, psychology, social movements, and biology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resistverb

    to stand against; to withstand; to obstruct

  2. Resistverb

    to strive against; to endeavor to counteract, defeat, or frustrate; to act in opposition to; to oppose

  3. Resistverb

    to counteract, as a force, by inertia or reaction

  4. Resistverb

    to be distasteful to

  5. Resistverb

    to make opposition

  6. Resistnoun

    a substance used to prevent a color or mordant from fixing on those parts to which it has been applied, either by acting machanically in preventing the color, etc., from reaching the cloth, or chemically in changing the color so as to render it incapable of fixing itself in the fibers.. The pastes prepared for this purpose are called resist pastes


  1. Resist

    In semiconductor fabrication, a resist is a thin layer used to transfer a circuit pattern to the semiconductor substrate which it is deposited upon. A resist can be patterned via lithography to form a micrometer-scale, temporary mask that protects selected areas of the underlying substrate during subsequent processing steps. The material used to prepare said thin layer is typically a viscous solution. Resists are generally proprietary mixtures of a polymer or its precursor and other small molecules that have been specially formulated for a given lithography technology. Resists used during photolithography are called photoresists.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Resist

    rē-zist′, v.t. to strive against: to oppose.—v.i. to make opposition.—n. a composition applied to a surface to enable it to resist chemical action: a material, as a paste, applied to a fabric to prevent the action of a dye or mordant from affecting the parts not to be coloured.—ns. Resis′tal (obs.); Resis′tance, act of resisting: opposition: (mech.) the power of a body which acts in opposition to the impulse of another: (electr.) that property of a conductor in virtue of which the passage of a current through it is accompanied with a dissipation of energy; Resis′tance-box, a box containing one or more resistance-coils; Resis′tance-coil, a coil of wire which offers a resistance to the passage of a current of electricity; Resis′tant, one who, or that which, resists.—adjs. Resis′tant, Resis′tent, making resistance.—ns. Resis′ter; Resistibil′ity, Resis′tibleness.—adj. Resis′tible.—advs. Resis′tibly; Resis′tingly.—adj. Resis′tive.—adv. Resis′tively.—n. Resistiv′ity.—adj. Resist′less, irresistible: unresisting, unable to resist.—adv. Resist′lessly.—ns. Resist′lessness; Resist′-style, in calico printing, the process of dyeing in a pattern by the use of a resist; Resist′-work, calico printing, in which the pattern is produced by means of resist which preserves parts uncoloured. [Fr.,—L. resistĕrere-, against, sistĕre, to make to stand.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resist' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4508

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resist' in Verbs Frequency: #518

Anagrams for resist »

  1. resits

  2. risest

  3. Sister

  4. sister

  5. restis

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resist in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of resist in a Sentence

  1. Jill Biden:

    While we've been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow, we have to resist viewing each life as a statistic, or a blur, or on the news.

  2. Rick Scarborough:

    They need to resist that ruling in every way possible. In a peaceful way – they need to resist it as much as Martin Luther King, Jr. resisted unjust laws in his time. we’re facing a real Constitutional crisis if the Supreme Court rules adversely from our perspective on same-sex marriage.

  3. Socrates:

    Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.

  4. Mae West:

    I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.

  5. Mark Schwartz:

    This is a way to turn the tables on a first world power, it's just incredible to watch that despite the unbelievable loss of life and sacrifice, what the will to resist and the resolve to resist can do.

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