specific resistance

noun Electricity.

Definition for specific-resistance (2 of 2)

[ ree-zis-tiv-i-tee ]
/ ˌri zɪsˈtɪv ɪ ti /


the power or property of resistance.
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

First recorded in 1880–85; resistive + -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for specific-resistance (1 of 2)

specific resistance


the former name for resistivity

British Dictionary definitions for specific-resistance (2 of 2)

/ (ˌriːzɪsˈtɪvɪtɪ) /


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 ohmsSymbol: ρ Former name: specific resistance
the power or capacity to resist; resistance
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Scientific definitions for specific-resistance

[ rē′zĭs-tĭvĭ-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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