- 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.
Examples from the Web for resistance
But that makes the Ismael brothers no less proud of the resistance that they and other fellow fighters have put up.
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|Xanthe Ackerman|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|David Levesley|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Walter Olson|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was one of these reinforced posts that was ran over almost with no resistance.
No blood can pass through a vein that is closed by resistance, nor can it ever do it until resistance is suspended.Philosophy of Osteopathy|Andrew T. Still
Her heart began to beat with the fierce impulse of resistance which she instinctively opposed to every imagined slight.Summer|Edith Wharton
As for Ruth she made no resistance to his taking the child away from her, although she cried about it in secret.The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
He said to Eveline all that could be said and did all that could be done to overcome her resistance.Penguin Island|Anatole France
Only one out of all the officers was in favour of resistance; the rest declared it impossible.French and English|Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for resistance (1 of 2)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for resistance (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for resistance
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.
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Culture definitions for resistance
In electricity, a measurement of the difficulty encountered by a power source in forcing electric current (see also current) through an electrical circuit, and hence the amount of power dissipated in the circuit. Resistance is measured in ohms.
Idioms and Phrases with resistance
see least resistance.