Definition of Resistance

1. Noun. The action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with. "Despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"

Exact synonyms: Opposition
Generic synonyms: Action
Specialized synonyms: Lockout, Reaction, Anti-takeover Defense
Derivative terms: Oppose

2. Noun. Any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion.

3. Noun. A material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms.
Exact synonyms: Electric Resistance, Electrical Resistance, Impedance, Ohmic Resistance, Resistivity
Generic synonyms: Electrical Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Ohmage
Derivative terms: Resistive

4. Noun. The military action of resisting the enemy's advance. "The enemy offered little resistance"
Generic synonyms: Action, Military Action
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Resist

5. Noun. (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease.
Exact synonyms: Immunity
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Specialized synonyms: Immunogenicity, Acquired Immunity, Innate Immunity, Natural Immunity
Derivative terms: Immune, Immune, Resistant

6. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Capability, Capacity

7. Noun. A secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force.
Exact synonyms: Underground
Generic synonyms: Revolutionary Group
Specialized synonyms: Maquis
Derivative terms: Underground

8. Noun. The degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria).
Category relationships: Bacteria, Bacterium
Generic synonyms: Deadness, Unresponsiveness
Derivative terms: Resistant

9. Noun. (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness.
Generic synonyms: Involuntariness, Unwillingness
Category relationships: Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine, Psychopathology
Derivative terms: Resistant

10. Noun. An electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current.

11. Noun. Group action in opposition to those in power.

Definition of Resistance

1. n. The act of resisting; opposition, passive or active.

Definition of Resistance

1. Noun. The act of resisting, or the capacity to resist. ¹

2. Noun. (physics) A force that tends to oppose motion. ¹

3. Noun. (physics) Shortened form of electrical resistance. ¹

4. Noun. (sociology) An underground organization engaged in a struggle for liberation from forceful occupation. ¹

5. Noun. (slang) The genitals. ¹

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Definition of Resistance

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Medical Definition of Resistance

1. The failure of a condition to respond or remit following treatment. (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Resistance

resistance-inducing factor
resistance-transfer factor
resistance-transferring episomes
resistance distance
resistance factor
resistance factors
resistance form
resistance plasmids
resistance pyrometer
resistance thermometer
resistance unit
resistant ovary syndrome

Literary usage of Resistance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by Chartered Insurance Institute (1897)
"The exciter and resonator were identical to one another ; to the two balls of the resonator was connected a resistance corresponding to the spark of the ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1890)
"The resistance was increased by the introduction of a second person in the circuit. 2. The resistance was modified by changing the size of the electrodes. ..."

3. Journal by United States Congress Senate (1895)
"and in that case, if the resistance r be fairly high compared with that of the galvanometer, then I do not see any objection whatever to having your ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"It is found that the electrical resistance of a linear conductor of uniform ... The specific resistance of a given metal varies to a certain extent with the ..."

5. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1904)
"Let the resistances of these conductors be Rlt R2, R3 respectively, and the currents Clt C2,CS, and let the resistance of the multiple conductor be R, ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"the mercury column which is included in ie circuit is 150 centimeters long, and, there- ITC, has a resistance of 1.5 ohms. ..."

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