What does resistance mean?

Definitions for resistance
rɪˈzɪs tənsre·sis·tance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resistance, oppositionnoun

    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. resistancenoun

    any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion

  3. electric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, resistance, resistivity, ohmic resistancenoun

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

  4. resistancenoun

    the military action of resisting the enemy's advance

    "the enemy offered little resistance"

  5. immunity, resistancenoun

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

  6. resistancenoun

    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, resistancenoun

    a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force

  8. resistancenoun

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

  9. resistancenoun

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

  10. resistor, resistancenoun

    an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current

  11. resistancenoun

    group action in opposition to those in power


  1. resistancenoun

    The act of resisting, or the capacity to resist.

  2. resistancenoun

    A force that tends to oppose motion.

  3. resistancenoun

    Shortened form of electrical resistance.

  4. resistancenoun

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

  5. resistancenoun

    The genitals.

  6. Etymology: From résistance

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Resistance, Resistence

    Etymology: resistance, Fr.

    Demetrius, seeing that the land was quiet, and that no resistance was made against him, sent away all his forces. 1 Mac.

    The resistance of bone to cold is greater than of flesh; for that the flesh shrinketh, but the bone resisteth, whereby the cold becometh more eager. Francis Bacon.

    Musick so softens and disarms the mind,
    That not an arrow does resistance find. Edmund Waller.

    The idea of solidity we receive by our touch, and it arises from the resistance which we find in body to the entrance of any other body into the place it possesses. John Locke.

    But that part of the resistance, which arises from the vis inertiæ, is proportional to the density of the matter, and cannot be diminished by dividing the matter into smaller parts, nor by any other means, than by decreasing the density of the medium. Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. Resistance

    Resistance is a song by English alternative rock band Muse, featured on their fifth studio album The Resistance. Written by vocalist, guitarist and pianist Matthew Bellamy, it was released as the third single from the album, following "Uprising" and "Undisclosed Desires", on 22 February 2010. The song makes several references to the novel "1984", by George Orwell. The intro of the song is used in the trailer of the last episode of BBC show Silent Witness. In February 2010, Muse had uploaded a picture puzzle of "Resistance" artwork on their official Facebook page. The puzzle itself has a making of the "Resistance" track (which will be able to see it after solving the puzzle). This song was featured in a promo for an episode of Human Target. The song was also released as downloadable content for the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.


  1. resistance

    Resistance is a force or obstacle that slows down or hinders progress or movement. It can be a physical force such as friction or air resistance, or it can be metaphorical, such as opposition to a new idea. In electrical terms, resistance is a measure of the difficulty encountered by a power source in forcing electric current through an electrical circuit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resistancenoun

    the act of resisting; opposition, passive or active

  2. Resistancenoun

    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

  3. Resistancenoun

    a means or method of resisting; that which resists

  4. Resistancenoun

    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

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


  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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for resistance »

  1. ancestries

  2. senatrices

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  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. Pedro Alonso:

    In many countries, progress is threatened by the rapid development and spread of mosquito resistance to insecticides. Drug resistance could also jeopardize recent gains in malaria control.

  2. Mat Staver:

    Yes, I’m talking about civil disobedience, i’m talking about resistance and I’m talking about peaceful resistance against unjust laws and unjust rulings.

  3. Photographer Guillaume Binet:

    I met a woman whose husband and three sons are all fighting( for The Southern Resistance) -- the husband is fighting because he is jobless, and it's the only thing he can do, other men have come from Saudi Arabia to fight to protect their families and support The Southern Resistance.

  4. Claude M. Bristol:

    It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.

  5. His Syriza party:

    Democracy cannot be blackmailed, dignity cannot be bargained, workers, the unemployed, young people, the Greek people and the rest of the peoples of Europe will send a loud message of resistance to the alleged one-way path of austerity, resistance to the blackmail and scare-mongering.

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