• Fulton's Table of Resistances
    Fulton's Table of Resistances
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n resistance 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"
    • n resistance the military action of resisting the enemy's advance "the enemy offered little resistance"
    • n resistance group action in opposition to those in power
    • n resistance an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current
    • n resistance (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
    • n resistance the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)
    • n resistance a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force
    • n resistance any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
    • n resistance a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms
    • n resistance 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"
    • n resistance (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease
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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
    • Resistance (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 A means or method of resisting; that which resists. "Unfold to us some warlike resistance ."
    • Resistance 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."
    • Resistance (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.
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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.
    • n resistance The act of resisting; opposition; antagonism. 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 design.
    • n resistance The force exerted by a fluid or other medium to retard the motion of a body through it; more generally, any force which always acts in a direction opposite to the residual velocity, or to any component of it: as, resistance to shearing. In a phrase like this, resistance may be defined as a stress produced by a strain, and tending to restoration of figure. But the resistance is not necessarily elastic—that is, it may cease, and as resistance does cease, when the velocity vanishes. In the older dynamical treatises, resistance is always considered as a function of the velocity, except in the case of friction, which does not vary with the velocity, or at least not much. In modern hydrodynamics the viscosity is taken into account, and produces a kind of resistance partly proportional to the velocity and partly to the acceleration. The theory of resistance still remains imperfect.
    • n resistance In electricity, that property of a conductor in virtue of which the passage of a current through it is accompanied by a dissipation of energy; the transformation of electric energy into heat. It is one of the two elements upon which the strength of an electric current depends when the flow is steady; the other is electromotive force, and the relation between them is generally expressed by the equation C =E/R. which is Ohm's law. Resistance may therefore be defined as the ratio of the electromotive force to the current strength (R =E/C), the flow being assumed to be steady, for simple periodic alternate currents, the resistance increases as therapidlty of alternation increases, and it also depends on the form of the conductor. Resistance to such currents is sometimes called impedance and also virtual resistance, that for steady flow being named ohmic resistance. In general, resistance is proportional to the length of the conductor and inversely proportional to its cross-section. It also varies with the temperature of the conductor, the nature of the material of which it is composed, the stress to which it is subjected, and in some instances with other physical conditions, as in the case of selenium, the resistance of which diminishes as the intensity of the light to which it is exposed increases. It is the reciprocal of conductivity. The unit of resistance is the ohm (which see). The designation resistance is also applied to mils of wire or other material devices which are introduced into electric circnits on account of the resistance which they other to the passage of the current. The resistance of a conductor may be measured by Wheatstone's bridge. This is a device for the accurate comparison of electric resistances, invented by Christie and brought into notice by Wheatstone. It consists essentially of a complex circuit of six conductors, arranged as shown in the cut. A current from the battery B enters at the junction of a and c, and, after dividing into parts depending on the relative resistances of the branches a, b, c, and d, returns to the battery through the junction of & and d. G is a galvanometer joined to the junctions a b and c d. When the relative resistances are such that a: b:: c: d, no current will flow through the galvanometer. If a and b are comparable and adjustable resistances, it is only necessary to establish this condition in order to know the ratio of c to d. Many modifications of the bridge have been devised.
    • n resistance Synonyms Hindrance, antagonism, check. See appose.
    • n resistance In naval architecture, the reaction which a vessel opposes to an extraneous force by which it is dragged or driven through the water, and particularly to motion forward in the direction of the length of the vessel. Modern investigation and experimentation in model-basins have led to the division of this resistance into three principal parts. The whole resistance of the vessel as distinguished from its parts is called the total resistance. Frictional resistance is that part due to the fluid friction of the water flowing past the wetted surface of the vessel (see also coefficient of friction ). The eddy-making resistance is that part due to the formation of eddies in the water flowing past the vessel, particularly where the streams unite at the stern and around projections or abrupt breaks in the under-water surface or at the bows in very bluff-bowed vessels. In well-formed ships the eddy-making resistance is a very small part of the total resistance. The wave-making resistance is that part of the resistance caused by the absorption of energy in the formation and maintenance of the systems of waves accompanying a vessel in motion. This part of the resistance is small at low speeds, but at speeds in knots equal to or greater than the square root of the length of the vessel in feet usually forms the greater part of the total resistance. That part of the total resistance remaining after subtraction of the frictional resistance is called the residuary resistance. (See also Froude's law.)
    • n resistance Resistance to the flow of current which occurs at the surface between conductors in contact, as in the coherer, or between the liquid and the terminal of an electrolyticcell, or between the heated gas in the electric are and the carbon.
    • n resistance The resistance offered by a dielectric to the passage of an electric current; the ohmic resistance of an insulating substance.
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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
    • Resistance act of resisting: opposition: :
    • Resistance (mech.) the power of a body which acts in opposition to the impulse of another
    • Resistance (electr.) that property of a conductor in virtue of which the passage of a current through it is accompanied with a dissipation of energy
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  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “What rights are those that dare not resist for them?”
  • Proverb
    “Good habits result from resisting temptation.”
  • Deepak Chopra
    “Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.”
  • James Branch Cabell
    James Branch Cabell
    “There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. résistance, LL. resistentia, fr. resistens, -entis, p. pr. See Resist
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. resistĕrere-, against, sistĕre, to make to stand.


In literature:

This is done by interposing a very large and constant resistance in the external circuit and thereby making other resistances negligible.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
These kisses however, which she had not had the strength at first to resist, began to intimidate the young girl.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
All encroachments on supreme power could only be resisted successfully on the first attempt.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
I may as well say here as anywhere, that by resistance, I do not mean total resistance, for that would be immunity.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
That is, by setting up a resistance in the vocal cords that prevents their normal action.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
We are here to resist, to control, and vanquish withal.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
The men will, perhaps, offer some resistance; but when they find how strong the Blues are, will probably hurry to join you.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
The chateau was a semi-fortified building, capable of making a stout resistance against any sudden attack.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
Gabriella, it is an awful thing to resist the Almighty God.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
No one of the Balkan States is strong enough to resist the pressure from one or another of the European powers.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times

In poetry:

Like trees whose roots are deep, and
Whose branches flowing,
Firmly resist the shock, while
The storm is blowing.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Long did the suffering brave
Resist the o'erwhelming foe,
At last they found one common grave,
By cruel want laid low.
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
But spotless, innocent, and pure,
The great Redeemer stood,
While Satan's fiery darts he bore,
And did resist to blood.
"Hymn 125" by Isaac Watts
Through all this world of whelming mist
Still let me look to Thee,
And give me courage to resist
The Tempter till he flee.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
Ah, ``forgive'' you bid him? While God's champion lives,
Wrong shall be resisted: dead, why, he forgives.
But you must not end my friend ere you begin him;
Evil stands not crowned on earth, while breath is in him.
"Before" by Robert Browning
I sang to them a glowing hymn, inspired and filled with hope;
I sang that truth was destined to be victor in the fight;
That, darkness could not evermore resist its radiance clear,
And that the future of our land would joyful be and bright.
"Dreams" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson

In news:

The government fails yet again to defeat the Lord's Resistance Army.
Wrapped in a Pita, a Taste Jordanians Can't Resist.
ICON Tests New Spin Resistant Wing on A5 Amphibian .
The ICON A5 Amphibian LSA shown making a test flight July 28 with a new "spin-resistant" wing.
Infectious diseases specialist Helen W Boucher, MD, and her colleagues at Tufts Medical Center in Boston treat patients with antibiotic-resistant infections every day.
The story behind the Silver Towel, a bamboo towel with bacteria-resistant nanosilver particles.
Who can resist a heartwarming, cute story involving a beloved pet.
South Sudan accuses Sudan of supporting the brutal Lord's Resistance Army in order to sow instability.
A South Sudan official has accused the North of providing support and training camps for the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, to enable cross-border attacks into South Sudan.
I've always resisted making risotto part of my regular dinner rotation.
Redskins' defense, buffeted by injuries, puts up little resistance against the Bears.
Fall Burndown A Best Practice For Controlling Resistant Weeds.
I'll be the first to admit that I love a deal—tell me I'm getting something for less than it usually costs, and I'll have a hard time resisting it.
Lanz Canillas, 18, 310 Saratoga Lane, New Bern, Nov 13, simple assault, resisting public officer.
Moisturization, AQP-3 and Carcinoma Resistance.

In science:

The resistance is given as either fixed value R1 OR fixed value R2, and the fixed values of the currents and voltages should be obtained as alternate fixed values corresponding to the two values of the resistance. BNNS4.
Benchmark Problems for Constraint Solving
The resistance is given as either fixed value R1 OR fixed value R2, and the fixed values of the currents and voltages should be obtained as alternate fixed values corresponding to the two values of the resistance. BSS4.
Benchmark Problems for Constraint Solving
If the average network resistance is low, it can be interpreted as a network with good transport properties; if the resistance is high, the network is likely to be a poor choice for transportation purposes.
Diffusion Processes on Small-World Networks with Distance-Dependent Random-Links
For example, for a one-dimensional chain with unit resistances between each adjacent nodes, the two point resistance is Rij = |i − j |, therefore, without any calculations, the height difference correlation function is also h(hi − hj )2 i = |i − j |.
Diffusion Processes on Small-World Networks with Distance-Dependent Random-Links
Any triangular arrangement of resistors R12 , R13 , and R23 within a larger circuit can be replaced by a star, with resistances R1 , R2 , and R3 , such that all resistances between any two points among the three vertices in the triangle and the star are the same.
Fractal and Multifractal Scaling of Electrical Conduction in Random Resistor Networks