Resistance
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. [1913 Webster]

When King Demetrius saw that . . . no resistance was made against him, he sent away all his forces. --1. Macc. xi. 38. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. A means or method of resisting; that which resists. [1913 Webster]

Unfold to us some warlike resistance. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • resistance — I noun antagonism, assault, attack, battle, blocking, check, combat, confrontation, contention, contrariety, contrariness, contravention, contumacy, counteraction, defiance, disobedience, fight, hindrance, immunity, imperviousness,… …   Law dictionary

  • resistance — early 15c., from Fr. résistance, earlier resistence, from L.L. resistentia, from L. resistentem (nom. resistens), prp. of resistere (see RESIST (Cf. resist)). Meaning organized covert opposition to an occupying or ruling power is from 1939.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • resistance — resistance. = tolerance (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • resistance — resistance. См. резистентность. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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