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# resistivity

[ree-zis-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri zɪsˈtɪv ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the power or property of resistance.
2.
Also called specific resistance. Electricity. the resistance between opposite faces of a one-centimeter cube of a given material; ratio of electric intensity to cross-sectional area; reciprocal of conductivity.
Origin of resistivity
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; resistive + -ity
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• The exact correlative terms are resistance and conductance, resistivity and conductivity.

Kempster Miller
• This numerical measure of the resistivity is called the mass-resistivity.

• resistivity is a quality in which material substances differ very widely.

• The resistivity of non-metallic conductors is in all cases higher than that of any pure metal.

• It varies a good deal in composition according to manufacture, and the resistivity of different specimens is not identical.

• The entire matter resolves itself into one of individual tolerance, resistivity, and constitution.

William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for resistivity

## resistivity

/ˌriːzɪsˈtɪvɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the electrical property of a material that determines the resistance of a piece of given dimensions. It is equal to RA/l, where R is the resistance, A the cross-sectional area, and l the length, and is the reciprocal of conductivity. It is measured in ohms ρ Former name specific resistance
2.
the power or capacity to resist; resistance
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resistivity in Science
 resistivity   (rē'zĭs-tĭv'ĭ-tē)    A measure of the potential electrical resistance of a conductive material. It is determined experimentally using the equation ρ = RA/l, where R is the measured resistance of some length of the material, A is its cross-sectional area (which must be uniform), and l is its length. It is measured in ohm-meters.
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