What does resistance mean?

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rɪˈzɪs tənsre·sis·tance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resistance, opposition(noun)

    the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

    "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"

  2. resistance(noun)

    any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion

  3. electric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, resistance, resistivity, ohmic resistance(noun)

    a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms

  4. resistance(noun)

    the military action of resisting the enemy's advance

    "the enemy offered little resistance"

  5. immunity, resistance(noun)

    (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease

  6. resistance(noun)

    the capacity of an organism to defend itself against harmful environmental agents

    "these trees are widely planted because of their resistance to salt and smog"

  7. underground, resistance(noun)

    a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force

  8. resistance(noun)

    the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)

  9. resistance(noun)

    (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness

  10. resistor, resistance(noun)

    an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current

  11. resistance(noun)

    group action in opposition to those in power

Wiktionary

  1. resistance(Noun)

    The act of resisting, or the capacity to resist.

    Etymology: From résistance

  2. resistance(Noun)

    A force that tends to oppose motion.

    Etymology: From résistance

  3. resistance(Noun)

    Shortened form of electrical resistance.

    Etymology: From résistance

  4. resistance(Noun)

    An underground organization engaged in a struggle for liberation from forceful occupation.

    Etymology: From résistance

  5. resistance(Noun)

    The genitals.

    Etymology: From résistance

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resistance(noun)

    the act of resisting; opposition, passive or active

    Etymology: [F. rsistance, LL. resistentia, fr. resistens, -entis, p. pr. See Resist.]

  2. Resistance(noun)

    the quality of not yielding to force or external pressure; that power of a body which acts in opposition to the impulse or pressure of another, or which prevents the effect of another power; as, the resistance of the air to a body passing through it; the resistance of a target to projectiles

    Etymology: [F. rsistance, LL. resistentia, fr. resistens, -entis, p. pr. See Resist.]

  3. Resistance(noun)

    a means or method of resisting; that which resists

    Etymology: [F. rsistance, LL. resistentia, fr. resistens, -entis, p. pr. See Resist.]

  4. Resistance(noun)

    a certain hindrance or opposition to the passage of an electrical current or discharge offered by conducting bodies. It bears an inverse relation to the conductivity, -- good conductors having a small resistance, while poor conductors or insulators have a very high resistance. The unit of resistance is the ohm

    Etymology: [F. rsistance, LL. resistentia, fr. resistens, -entis, p. pr. See Resist.]

Freebase

  1. Resistance

    Resistance is an album from Christian hardcore band, Alove for Enemies' on Facedown Records album. The album was produced and engineered by Dean Baltulonis.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Resistance

    (a) The quality of an electric conductor, in virtue of which it opposes the passage of an electric current, causing the disappearance of electro-motive force if a current passes through it, and converting electric energy into heat energy in the passage of a current through it. If a current passes through a conductor of uniform resistance there is a uniform fall of potential all along its length. If of uneven resistance the fall in potential varies with the resistance. (See Potential, Fall of.) The fall of potential is thus expressed by Daniell. "In a conductor, say a wire, along which a current is steadily and uniformly passing, there is no internal accumulation of electricity, no density of internal distribution; there is, on the other hand, an unequally distributed charge of electricity on the surface of the wire, which results in a potential diminishing within the wire from one end of the wire to the other." Resistance varies inversely with the cross section of a cylindrical or prismatic conductor, in general with the average cross-section of any conductor, and in the same sense directly with its true or average or virtual length. It varies for different substances, and for different conditions as of temperature and pressure for the same substance. A rise of temperature in metals increases the resistance, in some bad conductors a rise of temperature decreases the resistance. Approximately, with the exception of iron and mercury, the resistance of a metallic conductor varies with the absolute temperature. This is very roughly approximate. Except for resistance energy would not be expended in maintaining a current through a circuit. The resistance of a conductor may be supposed to have its seat and cause in the jumps from molecule to molecule, which the current has to take in going through it. If so a current confined to a molecule would, if once started, persist because there would be no resistance in a molecule. Hence on this theory the Ampérian currents (see Magnetism, Ampere's Theory of) would require no energy for their maintenance and Ampére's theory would become a possible truth. When metals melt their resistance suddenly increases. Light rays falling on some substances, notably selenium, q. v., vary the resistance. Longitudinal stretching of a conductor decreases it, it increases with longitudinal compression, and increases in iron and diminishes in tin and zinc when a transverse stress tends to widen the conductor. (b) The term resistance is used to express any object or conductor used in circuit to develop resistance. [Transcriber's note: At room temperatures, the thermal motion of ions in the conductor's crystal lattice scatters the electrons of the current. Imperfections of the lattice contribute slightly. At low temperatures superconductivity (zero resistance) can occur because an energy gap between the electrons and the crystal lattice prevents any interaction. At the time of this book, none of this was known. "Jumps from molecule to molecule" is a good guess.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'resistance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2744

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    Rank popularity for the word 'resistance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3358

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resistance' in Nouns Frequency: #1164

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resistance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resistance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of resistance in a Sentence

  1. Michel Sidibe:

    We have a 5-year window of opportunity. If we miss this, we will have a rebound in this epidemic, we'll have resistance and we will not be able to control the epidemic and make sure that we end it by 2030.

  2. Patricia Moser:

    We support the bold push towards elimination as it has become clear that containment of artemisinin resistance is a risky strategy - the region must push for elimination while these key drugs (artemisinin combination therapies) remain effective.

  3. Joshua Wolf:

    As antibiotic resistance rates rise, it is inevitable that prophylaxis will become less effective, it is very likely that surgical procedures will become less safe for patients.

  4. Imran Sarker:

    He was a voice of social resistance; he was an activist, and now, he too has been silenced.

  5. Ronald Leung:

    It's sad, because it shows that the rule of the central and local governments has failed, and people have only become angrier, it is only inevitable that people will find more and more radical ways of resistance.

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