Definitions for: Resistance

[n] the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
[n] the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance"
[n] group action in opposition to those in power
[n] an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current
[n] (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
[n] the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)
[n] a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force
[n] any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
[n] a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms
[n] (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*sist"ance (-ans), n. [F. r['e]sistance, LL.
resistentia, fr. resistens, - entis, p. pr. See Resist.]
1. The act of resisting; opposition, passive or active.

When King Demetrius saw that . . . no resistance was
made against him, he sent away all his forces. --1.
Macc. xi. 38.

2. (Physics) The quality of not yielding to force or external
pressure; that power of a body which acts in opposition to
the impulse or pressure of another, or which prevents the
effect of another power; as, the resistance of the air to
a body passing through it; the resistance of a target to

3. A means or method of resisting; that which resists.

Unfold to us some warlike resistance. --Shak.

4. (Elec.) A certain hindrance or opposition to the passage
of an electrical current or discharge offered by
conducting bodies. It bears an inverse relation to the
conductivity, -- good conductors having a small
resistance, while poor conductors or insulators have a
very high resistance. The unit of resistance is the ohm.

Resistance box (Elec.), a rheostat consisting of a box or
case containing a number of resistance coils of standard
values so arranged that they can be combined in various
ways to afford more or less resistance.

Resistance coil (Elec.), a coil of wire introduced into an
electric circuit to increase the resistance.

Solid of least resistance (Mech.), a solid of such a form
as to experience, in moving in a fluid, less resistance
than any other solid having the same base, height, and

Synonyms: electric resistance, electrical resistance, immunity, impedance, ohmic resistance, opposition, resistivity, resistor, underground

See Also: acoustic impedance, acoustic reactance, acoustic resistance, acquired immunity, action, anti-takeover defense, ballast resistor, barretter, circuit, condition, confrontation, contravention, defiance, dispute, dissent, drag, electric circuit, electrical circuit, electrical device, electrical phenomenon, friction, group action, innate immunity, insubordination, lockout, Maquis, mechanical phenomenon, military action, natural immunity, objection, obstructionism, ohmage, potential divider, protest, reaction, rebellion, rebelliousness, retarding force, revolutionary group, rheostat, rubbing, sales resistance, status, unresponsiveness, unwillingness, variable resistor, voltage divider

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