Resistance

Definition of Resistance

Re`sist´ance   Pronunciation: ~ans
n.1.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.
- 1. Macc. xi. 38.
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.
3.A means or method of resisting; that which resists.
Unfold to us some warlike resistance.
- Shak.
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.
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.

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