- Also called ohmic resistance.a property of a conductor by virtue of which the passage of current is opposed, causing electric energy to be transformed into heat: equal to the voltage across the conductor divided by the current flowing in the conductor: usually measured in ohms. Abbreviation: R
- a conductor or coil offering such opposition; resistor.
Origin of resistance
Synonyms for resistance
Related Words for resistanceintransigence, support, refusal, fight, protection, struggle, defiance, battle, counteraction, contention, combat, cover, screen, watch, detention, friction, check, obstruction, impediment, stand
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Contemporary Examples of resistance
But that makes the Ismael brothers no less proud of the resistance that they and other fellow fighters have put up.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
Conservative Muslim women in Turkey hailed Esme as a martyr and a symbol of female strength and resistance.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns
November 27, 2014
Interestingly, there is often a resistance from fans to hear that beloved characters might even be women at all.Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Immune to GamerGate Misogyny?
October 29, 2014
Indeed, the chatter for the past year on the anti-gay fringe has been of resistance.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
It was one of these reinforced posts that was ran over almost with no resistance.Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS
Jassem Al Salami
October 9, 2014
Historical Examples of resistance
The rested muscles of his body and mind craved the resistance of obstacles.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The death of the Genoese leader did indeed bring the resistance to an end.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He put his whole will into the assertion of guilt, to batter down the man's resistance.Within the Law
This may have increased the resistance, but it adds to the steadiness.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
The pirates had come aboard of them at night and no resistance had been offered.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- the opposition to a flow of electric current through a circuit component, medium, or substance. It is the magnitude of the real part of the impedance and is measured in ohmsSymbol: R Compare reactance (def. 1)
- (as modifier)resistance coupling; a resistance thermometer
mid-14c., from Old French resistance, earlier resistence, from Late Latin resistentia, from present participle stem of Latin resistere "make a stand against, oppose" (see resist). Meaning "organized covert opposition to an occupying or ruling power" [OED] is from 1939. Electromagnetic sense is from 1860. Path of least resistance is from 1825, originally a term in science and engineering.
see least resistance.