• Fulton's Table of Resistances
    Fulton's Table of Resistances
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v resist withstand the force of something "The trees resisted her","stand the test of time","The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
    • v resist stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    • v resist express opposition through action or words "dissent to the laws of the country"
    • v resist refuse to comply
    • v resist elude, especially in a baffling way "This behavior defies explanation"
    • v resist resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ "His body rejected the liver of the donor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The expression cooked "al dente" means "to the tooth." What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender
    • Resist (Calico Printing) A substance used to prevent a color or mordant from fixing on those parts to which it has been applied, either by acting machanically in preventing the color, etc., from reaching the cloth, or chemically in changing the color so as to render it incapable of fixing itself in the fibers; -- also called reserve. The pastes prepared for this purpose are called resist pastes.
    • Resist (Technology) Something that resists or prevents a certain action;
    • Resist To be distasteful to.
    • Resist To counteract, as a force, by inertia or reaction.
    • v. i Resist To make opposition.
    • Resist To stand against; to withstand; to obstruct. "That mortal dint,
      Save He who reigns above, none can resist ."
    • Resist To strive against; to endeavor to counteract, defeat, or frustrate; to act in opposition to; to oppose. "God resisteth the proud.""Contrary to his high will
      Whom we resist ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is estimated that a plastic container can resist decomposition for as long as 50,000 years.
    • resist To withstand; oppose passively or actively; antagonize; act against; exert physical or moral force in opposition to.
    • resist To be disagreeable or distasteful to; offend.
    • resist Synonyms Withstand, etc. See oppose.
    • resist To make opposition; act in opposition.
    • n resist Any composition applied to a surface to protect it from chemical action, as to enable it to resist the corrosion of acids, etc.
    • n resist Specifically, in calico-printing, a sort of paste applied to a fabric to prevent color or mordant from fixing on those parts not intended to be colored, either by acting mechanically in preventing the color, etc., from reaching the cloth, or chemically in changing the color so as to render it incapable of fixing itself in the fibers. Also called resist-paste, resistant, and reserve.
    • n resist A stopping-out; also, the material used for stopping out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The amount of drag or air resistance produced by putting your bicycle on top of your car is so great that on a trip from England to Scotland it would be cheaper to send it by train because of the fuel consumption to overcome the drag
    • v.t Resist rē-zist′ to strive against: to oppose
    • v.i Resist to make opposition
    • n Resist a composition applied to a surface to enable it to resist chemical action: a material, as a paste, applied to a fabric to prevent the action of a dye or mordant from affecting the parts not to be coloured
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  • Edward Dahlberg
    “Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “What rights are those that dare not resist for them?”
  • Mark Twain
    “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.”
  • Steward Alsop
    Steward Alsop
    “A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “One must be a somebody before they can have a enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. résister, L. resistere, pref. re-, re- + sistere, to stand, cause to stand, v. causative of stare, to stand. See Stand


In literature:

Cobham however had now resolved on open resistance.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
This was what the King did, and what the Governor and Court of Massachusetts Bay resisted.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
In vain the pirates attempted to resist the attack.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
I could not resist giving a look up on deck.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is as futile to resist this as to resist fate.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
The very nature of the will implies a struggle with some sort of resistance.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Side view of resistance device 139 98.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The surprise made resistance impossible.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
It requires criticism to resist this suggestion.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
His co-jurors were unanimous; and after three days and nights resistance he submitted.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West

In poetry:

Lo! wisdom stands with smiling face,
And courts us to her arms:
Who can resist the wondrous grace,
And slight her powerful charms!
"Hymn 13" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
The grave sadness that o'erwhelms thee
Will, unless it be resisted,
Undermine thy understanding,
If thou hast it still within thee.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The world is going; dark world, adieu!
Grim world, conceal thee till the day;
The heart thou canst not all subdue
Must still resist, if thou delay!
"How Clear She Shines" by Emily Jane Bronte
Who can resist Thy gentle call—appealing
To every generous thought and grateful feeling?
That voice paternal—whispering, watching ever,
My bosom?—never.
"Hymn: From the recesses of a lowly spirit" by John Bowring
Where the stars give resistance it does not stop there,
neither does it begin within the forest's depths,
nor show upon the surface of my face
nor with your appearance.
"Night (This night, agitated" by Rainer Maria Rilke
There is no shore that can resist the sea!
O I have striven to forget in vain;
So give me now the olden memory,
Come, if you will, through distance and bleak rain;
Come, if you will, although you bring me pain!
"Surrender" by Charles Hanson Towne

In news:

The move comes in the wake of increasing concerns that bacteria are becoming resistant to a growing number of antibiotics.
To view antibiotics as having high or low, resistance potential results in more selective not less selective prescribing.
Unaffected by resistant malware because it boots a separate OS.
The hope is that the baboon 's bone marrow cells, which are resistant to H.I.V.
This raised a bunch of obvious questions, such as, who exactly is checking to see if antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria is in the 762 million pounds of Canadian pork that's imported into the US each year.
WASHINGTON — President Obama anticipated Republican resistance to his jobs program, but he is now meeting increasing pushback from his own party.
Anthony Jeff, 32, was arrested Monday night on a parole violation and resisting police.
Iraqi forces moved into the Hayaniya neighborhood of Basra with little resistance on Saturday.
It's a news story that's too easy to resist.
David Opatoshu, a versatile character actor best known for his role as Akiva, a scholarly Jewish resistance leader in the 1960 film "Exodus," died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness.
For those who cannot resist chocolate, we have a recipe for you.
Resistance to Blatant Aggression, Defense of Allies and, Above All, Oil.
Price/Availability: $54.99 per gallon, Comments: This paint also resisted water, but the crayons didn't wipe away, and slight dirt marks lingered.
Cushioning Resistance To Man's Vices.
Resistance to reforms seen dampening military vote.

In science:

The electrical resistivity is again simplest to compute but the results for the thermal conductivity14 and the thermoelectric power32 were also obtained by this method.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
The most early investigations42 ,43 of the alkali metals indicated that one can fix such parameters as those of Appendix B to fit the experimental electrical resistivity to the Bloch–Gr¨uneisen function, provided that the temperature is not too low.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
The described above factors which influence the electrical resistivity in the alkali metals may occur of secondary importance.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
The theory was aimed at the rationalization of radiation resistance.
Wheeler-Feynman Absorber Theory Viewed by Model of Expansive Nondecelerative Universe
In particular the total resistance M1 is easy to measure.
Multifractal current distribution in random diode networks