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

  • n. The capacity for or tendency toward resistance.
  • n. Electricity An intrinsic property of a material that is measured as its resistance to current per unit length for a uniform cross section.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In general, the resistance to electric current of a material. In particular, the degree to which a material resists the flow of electricity or heat.
  • n. The reciprocal of conductivity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The power or property of resistance; capacity for resisting.
  • n. In electricity, specific resistance; the resistance of a unit quantity of a substance, or of a sample of unit cross-section and unit length.

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

  • n. a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms


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