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

  • n. A device used to control current in an electric circuit by providing resistance.

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  • n. One who resists, especially a person who fights against an occupying army.
  • n. An electric component that transmits current in direct proportion to the voltage across it.

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

  • n. an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current


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  • A circuit with an inductor, capacitor, and resistor is like a pendulum in oil.

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  • The device he had been using, a random event generator, or REG, detects electron “noise” in a resistor, which is assumed to be random.

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  • James Carroll of the Boston Globe personifies a "resistor" of the intellectual variety.

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  • If it were not for those like you the BBC would not have felt bias was an issue, your hate has only bred more hate and what have you achieved?, so forgive me if I don't care for your approbation, not that of the asinine "resistor" who objects to the sound of "silence" phil

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  • Leadtimes remain stable at six to eight weeks for standard devices such as resistor/capacitor arrays and filters.

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  • The IPD market (not including single element devices such as resistor or capacitor arrays) is forecast to grow from $832 million in 2005 to $1.6 billion in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. in El Segundo, Calif.

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  • There is no attempt to differentiate the components other than by color and shape -- the relative meanings and functions of, for example, a "resistor" versus a "capacitor" versus an "FM radio chip" are simply not explained. Gold Box Deals

  • OLED technology has finally made its way to our rearview mirrors, so it is no surprise to see researchers at ETRI having applied for 51 patents (nationally and internationally for the technology), where one of these include a transparent oxide resistor which is able to increase the aperture ratio of AMOLEDs.


  • Here are the words of the brave creative resistor occupiers in the act of art or the art of act:

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  • The inductor, capacitor, and resistor distort the electric field surrounding the goblet, and it resonates an interdimensional radio frequency.

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