resistance meaning

[ ri'zistəns ] Pronunciation:   "resistance" in a sentence
  • Noun: resistance  ri'zistuns
    1. The action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
      "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"
      - 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
      - electric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, 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
      - immunity 
    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
      - underground 
    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
      - resistor 
    11. Group action in opposition to those in power

    Derived forms: resistances

    See also: resist, resistant

    Type of: action, capability, capacity, condition, deadness, electrical device, electrical phenomenon, group action, involuntariness, mechanical phenomenon, military action, revolutionary group, status, unresponsiveness, unwillingness

    Part of: circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit

    Encyclopedia: Resistance Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

  • [Architecture]

    See electrical resistance, thermal resistance, etc.

  • [Business]
    noun [U; sing.]



    dislike of or opposition to a plan, an idea, etc.; refusal to accept sth:

    The proposal has met with resistance.

    Resistance to change has nearly destroyed the industry.

    There has been a lot of resistance to this new law.

    The policy has encountered resistance from the unions.

    2 (Finance )

    the price at which a particular share, index, etc. usually stops rising; the fact that this happens:

    The stock is testing key resistance at 235.

    The Dow has reached a resistance level and is ready to decline.

    key/technical resistance

    ◆ a resistance level/point

  • [Electronics]
    1. Symbol, R or r. Unit, ohm. In a device, component, or circuit, the simple opposition to current flow. Resistance by itself causes no phase shift. In a purely resistive circuit, R = E/I, where R is the resistance in ohms, E is the voltage in volts, and I is the current in amperes.
    2. A property of circuits, devices, or substances that causes impinging energy to be dissipated by conversion to heat. Compare REACTANCE.

  • [Finance]
    An effective upper bound on prices achieved because of many willing sellers at that price level.


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  1. he was the forerunner of the resistance.
  2. the resistance to him was momentary.
  3. the contact resistance is difficult to measure.
  4. hearn felt the weight and resistance.
  5. a spark of resistance flared in nim.

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