Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To strive to fend off or offset the actions, effects, or force of.
  • transitive v. To remain firm against the actions, effects, or force of; withstand: a bacterium that resisted the antibiotic.
  • transitive v. To keep from giving in to or enjoying.
  • intransitive v. To offer resistance. See Synonyms at oppose.
  • n. A substance that can cover and protect a surface, as from corrosion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To attempt to counter the actions or effects of.
  • v. To withstand the actions of.
  • v. To oppose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stand against; to withstand; to obstruct.
  • transitive v. To strive against; to endeavor to counteract, defeat, or frustrate; to act in opposition to; to oppose.
  • transitive v. To counteract, as a force, by inertia or reaction.
  • transitive v. To be distasteful to.
  • intransitive v. To make opposition.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Something that resists or prevents a certain action

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To withstand; oppose passively or actively; antagonize; act against; exert physical or moral force in opposition to.
  • To be disagreeable or distasteful to; offend.
  • Synonyms Withstand, etc. See oppose.
  • To make opposition; act in opposition.
  • n. Any composition applied to a surface to protect it from chemical action, as to enable it to resist the corrosion of acids, etc.
  • n. 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. A stopping-out; also, the material used for stopping out.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
  • v. express opposition through action or words
  • v. refuse to comply
  • v. elude, especially in a baffling way
  • v. withstand the force of something
  • v. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

Etymologies

Middle English resisten, from Old French resister, from Latin resistere : re-, re- + sistere, to place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman resistre, Middle French resister, and their source, Latin resistere, from re- + sistere ("cause to stand"). (Wiktionary)

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  • In glassmaking, a noun referring to a substance that resists or prevents a particular action. During the process of acid etching or sandblasting, parts of the surface are protected with a resist.

    November 9, 2007