Definitions for: Resist


[v] withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
[v] stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
[v] fight back, also metaphorically; "His body protested against the harsh training"
[v] refuse to comply
[v] elude, esp. in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*sist", n. (Technical)
Something that resists or prevents a certain action; specif.:
A substance applied to a surface, as of metal, to prevent the
action on it of acid or other chemical agent.


Re*sist" (r?-z?st"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Resisted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Resisting.] [F. r['e]sister, L. resistere,
pref. re- re- + sistere to stand, cause to stand, v.
causative of stare to stand. See Stand.]
1. To stand against; to withstand; to obstruct.

That mortal dint, Save He who reigns above, none can
resist. --Milton.

2. To strive against; to endeavor to counteract, defeat, or
frustrate; to act in opposition to; to oppose.

God resisteth the proud. --James iv. 6.

Contrary to his high will Whom we resist. --Milton.

3. To counteract, as a force, by inertia or reaction.

4. To be distasteful to. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: To withstand; oppose; hinder; obstruct; counteract;
check; thwart; baffle; disappoint.


Re*sist", v. i.
To make opposition. --Shak.


Re*sist", n. (Calico Printing)
A substance used to prevent a color or mordant from fixing on
those parts to which it has been applied, either by acting
machanically in preventing the color, etc., from reaching the
cloth, or chemically in changing the color so as to render it
incapable of fixing itself in the fibers.. The pastes
prepared for this purpose are called resist pastes. --F. C.
Calvert.

Synonyms: balk, baulk, defy, dissent, fend, hold out, jib, protest, refuse, stand, stand firm, withstand

Antonyms: apply, give up, lend oneself, surrender

See Also: arise, beggar, contradict, controvert, defend, defy, demonstrate, disobey, elude, escape, fight, fight back, fight down, hold, hold off, hold up, march, oppose, oppose, outbrave, rebel, renegade, rise, rise up, stand out, stand up, strike, walk out

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