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Resistance definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RESIST'ANCE, n.
1. The act of resisting; opposition. Resistance is passive, as that of a fixed body which interrupts the passage of a moving body; or active, as in the exertion of force to stop, repel or defeat progress or designs.
2. The quality of not yielding to force or external impression; 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 a ball which receives the force of another; the resistance of wood to a cutting instrument; the resistance of air to the motion of a cannon ball, or of water to the motion of a ship.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: 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" [syn: resistance, opposition]
2: any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
3: a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms [syn: electric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, resistance, resistivity, ohmic resistance]
4: the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance"
5: (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease [syn: immunity, resistance]
6: the capacity of an organism to defend itself against harmful environmental agents; "these trees are widely planted because of their resistance to salt and smog"
7: a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force [syn: underground, resistance]
8: the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)
9: (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
10: an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current [syn: resistor, resistance]
11: group action in opposition to those in power

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. an act or instance of resisting ; opposition b. a means of resisting 2. the power or capacity to resist: as a. the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (as disease, toxic agents, or infection) b. the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (as a drug) formerly effective against it 3. an opposing or retarding force 4. a. the opposition offered by a body or substance to the passage through it of a steady electric current b. a source of resistance 5. a psychological defense mechanism wherein a patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes the therapeutic efforts of a psychotherapist 6. often capitalized an underground organization of a conquered or nearly conquered country engaging in sabotage and secret operations against occupation forces and collaborators II. adjective Date: 1976 of, relating to, or being exercise involving pushing against a source of resistance (as a weight) to increase strength <resistance training>

Britannica Concise

Opposition that a material or electrical circuit offers to the flow of electric current. It is the property of a circuit that transforms electrical energy into heat energy as it opposes the flow of current. The resistance R, the electromotive force or voltage V, and the current I are related by Ohm's law. The resistance of an electrical conductor generally increases with increasing temperature and is utilized in devices such as lamps and heaters. The ohm (O) is the common unit of electrical resistance; one ohm is equal to one volt (see electromotive force) per ampere. Clandestine groups opposed to Nazi rule in German-occupied Europe in World War II. The groups included civilians who worked secretly against the occupation and armed bands of partisans or guerrilla fighters. Resistance activities ranged from assisting the escape of Jews and Allied airmen shot down over enemy territory to committing sabotage, ambushing German patrols, and sending intelligence information to the Allies. Resistance groups were not always unified; in some countries, rival groups divided along communist and noncommunist lines. However, in France the clandestine National Council of the Resistance coordinated all French groups, which gave support to the Normandy Campaign and participated in the August 1944 uprising that helped liberate Paris. Resistance groups in other N European countries also undertook military actions to help the Allied forces in 1944-45. Opposition that a material or electrical circuit offers to the flow of electric current. It is the property of a circuit that transforms electrical energy into heat energy as it opposes the flow of current. The resistance R, the electromotive force or voltage V, and the current I are related by Ohm's law. The resistance of an electrical conductor generally increases with increasing temperature and is utilized in devices such as lamps and heaters. The ohm (O) is the common unit of electrical resistance; one ohm is equal to one volt (see electromotive force) per ampere. Clandestine groups opposed to Nazi rule in German-occupied Europe in World War II. The groups included civilians who worked secretly against the occupation and armed bands of partisans or guerrilla fighters. Resistance activities ranged from assisting the escape of Jews and Allied airmen shot down over enemy territory to committing sabotage, ambushing German patrols, and sending intelligence information to the Allies. Resistance groups were not always unified; in some countries, rival groups divided along communist and noncommunist lines. However, in France the clandestine National Council of the Resistance coordinated all French groups, which gave support to the Normandy Campaign and participated in the August 1944 uprising that helped liberate Paris. Resistance groups in other N European countries also undertook military actions to help the Allied forces in 1944-45.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the act or an instance of resisting; refusal to comply. 2 the power of resisting (showed resistance to wear and tear). 3 Biol. the ability to withstand adverse conditions. 4 the impeding, slowing, or stopping effect exerted by one material thing on another. 5 Physics a the property of hindering the conduction of electricity, heat, etc. b the measure of this in a body. Usage: Symb.: R. 6 a resistor. 7 (in full resistance movement) a secret organization resisting authority, esp. in an occupied country. Etymology: ME f. F résistance, résistence f. LL resistentia (as RESIST)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Resistance 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 projectiles. 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 volume.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(resistances) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Resistance to something such as a change or a new idea is a refusal to accept it. The US wants big cuts in European agricultural export subsidies, but this is meeting resistance. N-UNCOUNT: oft N to n 2. Resistance to an attack consists of fighting back against the people who have attacked you. The troops are encountering stiff resistance... 3. The resistance of your body to germs or diseases is its power to remain unharmed or unaffected by them. This disease is surprisingly difficult to catch as most people have a natural resistance to it. N-UNCOUNT: oft N to n 4. Wind or air resistance is a force which slows down a moving object or vehicle. The design of the bicycle has managed to reduce the effects of wind resistance and drag. N-UNCOUNT: usu supp N 5. In electrical engineering or physics, resistance is the ability of a substance or an electrical circuit to stop the flow of an electrical current through it. ...materials that lose all their electrical resistance. N-VAR 6. In a country which is occupied by the army of another country, or which has a very harsh and strict government, the resistance is an organized group of people who are involved in illegal activities against the people in power. They managed to escape after being arrested by the resistance. N-SING: the N 7. If you take the line of least resistance in a situation, you do what is easiest, even though you think that it may not be the right thing to do. In American English, you usually talk about the path of least resistance. They would rather take the line of least resistance than become involved in arguments. PHRASE: PHR after v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Opposition. 2. Rebuff, check, hindrance.

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