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Definition of the noun resistance

What does resistance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • resistance: resistances
  • Resistance: Resistances

  1. the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
    • example: he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of resistance: opposition
    • more generic word: action = something done
    • more specific terms:
      • lockout = a management action resisting employee's demands
      • reaction = doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like
      • anti-takeover defense = resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover
  2. any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
  3. a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms
  4. the military action of resisting the enemy's advance
  5. (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease
  6. the capacity of an organism to defend itself against harmful environmental agents
    • example: these trees are widely planted because of their resistance to salt and smog
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: capability / capacity = the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
  7. a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of resistance: underground
    • more generic term: revolutionary group = a political unit organized to promote revolution
    • more specific word: Maquis = the French underground that fought against the German occupation in World War II
  8. the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)
  9. (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
  10. an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current
  11. group action in opposition to those in power

Specialised definition of the noun resistance

Glossary of pesticide

development of tolerance to a pesticide by a target population, generally through natural selection

Glossary of sports

the ability of a person not to get a disease (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the ability of a bacterium or virus to remain unaffected by a drug (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

opposition to a force (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

movements by a horse that indicate a refusal to jump an obstacle or continue a round (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

acts by a horse that indicate a refusal to continue a round, such as rearing, making a half turn, or stepping back


  1. Resistance is a musical group.
    • album: "Lords of Torment"
  2. Resistance is a musical group.
    • album: "Aufstand der Zwerge"
  3. Resistance a.k.a. Résistance is a musical group.
    • albums: "Bang Your Fucking Skull", "Metalheads United EP"

There are other groups with in their name, like La Resistance, Resistance 77, Hard Resistance, Control Resistance, Midnight Resistance, Knives ov Resistance, Prevalent Resistance, Underground Resistance, Electric Waves of Resistance, The Path of Least Resistance, Everybody Was in the French Resistance… Now!.


  1. "Resistance" is a song by English alternative rock band Muse, featured on their fifth studio album The Resistance. Written by vocalist, guitarist and pianist Matthew Bellamy, it was released as the third single from the album, following "Uprising" and "Undisclosed Desires", on 22 February 2010. The song makes several references to the novel "1984", by George Orwell. The intro of the song is used in the trailer of the last episode of BBC show Silent Witness. In February 2010, Muse had uploaded a picture puzzle of "Resistance" artwork on their official Facebook page. The puzzle itself has a making of the "Resistance" track. This song was featured in a promo for an episode of Human Target. The song was also released as downloadable content for the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
  2. "Resistance" is the first EP or mini-album by Mika Nakashima, though the title track later appears on her Love album. This mini-album reached #1 on the Oricon charts and charted for six weeks.
  3. "Resistance" is the ninth studio album by New York street punk band The Casualties. It was released on September 25, 2012 on Season of Mist.
  4. "Resistance" is a studio album by Jamaican reggae singer Burning Spear.
    • genre: Reggae
    • released in (29 years ago)
  5. "Resistance" is the fourth studio album by American deathcore band Winds of Plague. The album has been produced by Will Putney who has worked with bands such as Thy Art Is Murder and Stray from the Path.
  6. "Resistance" is a composition.
  7. "Resistance" is an album from Christian hardcore band, Alove for Enemies' on Facedown Records album. The album was produced and engineered by Dean Baltulonis.
  8. "Resistance" is a 2010 single by Muse.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  9. "Resistance" is a musical album of Borghesia.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  10. "Resistance" a.k.a. "Résistance" is a composition, cataloged instance.
    • music and lyrics by Cali
  11. "Resistance" is a musical album of Blue.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  12. "Resistance" is a musical EP of The Glass Spider.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  13. "Resistance" is a musical album of Break.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  14. "RESISTANCE" is a musical album of Yuka Onishi.
    • released on (25 years ago)
  15. "Resistance" is a musical album of DJ Champion.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  16. "Resistance" is a musical single of Clock DVA.
    • released in (32 years ago)
  17. "Resistance" a.k.a. "Résistance" is a musical EP of Sombre Présage.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  18. "Resistance" a.k.a. "Résistance" is a musical album of Thesyre.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  19. "Resistance" is a musical EP of Hate Forest.
    • released on (10 years ago)


  1. "Resistance" is an alternate history novel by Welsh poet and author Owen Sheers. The plot centers around the inhabitants of a valley near Abergavenny in Wales in 1944–45, shortly after the failure of Operation Overlord and a successful German counter-invasion of Britain. A group of German Wehrmacht soldiers stay there after the wives' husbands leave to serve in the covert British Resistance. The novel follows abandoned farmer's wife, Sarah Lewis and German commanding officer, Albrecht Wolfram as they form an unlikely relationship in spite of their backgrounds and political standings.
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Fiction, Speculative fiction, Romance novel
    • subjects: Literary, Wales
    • copyright: 2007-06-07
    • released on (7 years ago)
  2. "Resistance" is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel set after Star Trek: Nemesis, aboard the USS Enterprise-E.
    • language: English Language
    • author: Jeanne Kalogridis
    • genre: Science Fiction
    • released in (8 years ago)
  3. "Resistance" a.k.a. "Résistance" is a book by Agnès Humbert.
    • also known as "Résistance: a woman's journal of struggle and defiance in occupied France"


  1. "Resistance" is a 2011 Welsh film based on the novel of the same name by Owen Sheers.
  2. "Resistance" is a war movie released in 2003. It was written by Todd Komarnicki and Anita Shreve, stars Bill Paxton, Julia Ormond, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Bonnaire, and Victor Reinier, and was directed by Todd Komarnicki. Resistance, with a 16 million euro budget, was the most expensive Dutch production ever. Its theatrical run lasted for just one week.
  3. "Resistance" a.k.a. "Underground": An American intelligence agent attempts to kidnap a top Nazi general.
  4. "Resistance" is a 1994 action film written by Macau Collective and directed by Hugh Keays-Byrne.
  5. "Resistance" a.k.a. "Resist" is a film, directed by Kim Mook.
  6. "Resistance" a.k.a. "Resistencia" is a 2008 short biographical film written and directed by Francisco Javier Padilla.
  7. "Resistance" is a 2012 short film written and directed by Renate Costa Perdomo and Salla Sorri.
  8. "Resistance" is a short film, directed by Kevin Artigue.
  9. "Resistance" is a short film, directed by Blake Borcich.
  10. Resistance is a tv program.


  1. Resistance is a series of first-person shooter and third-person shooter video games developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita video game consoles. The series takes place in an alternate history around the year 1950, in which an alien civilization known as the Chimera have invaded and conquered Earth, expanding their armies by capturing humans and transforming them into monster-like supersoldiers to fight for them. The player takes the role of one of the remaining human armed forces as they fight against the Chimera invasion. The series is noted for its use of both conventional and futuristic weaponry, reflecting Insomniac's previous work on the Ratchet & Clank series. All games in the series have all been rated M by the ESRB.
  2. Resistance as initially used by Sigmund Freud, referred to patients blocking memories from conscious memory. This was a key concept, since the primary treatment method of Freud's talk therapy required making these memories available to the patient's consciousness.
  3. Resistance: In the context of ecological stability, resistance is the property of communities or populations to remain "essentially unchanged" when subject to disturbance. The inverse of resistance is sensitivity.
  4. Resistance: This is a list of the known members of the Resistance, a fictional worldwide movement consisting of a large number of groups dedicated to fighting the Visitors in the V science fiction franchise.
  5. Resistance is the youth section of the far-right British National Party. In 2010 it was named BNP Crusaders but in 2011 it changed its name to "Resistance". The group falls under the arm of the British Nationalist Youth Movement with other groups such as BNP Students. The YBNP claimed to be a civil rights movement and student pressure group for indigenous British students from 6th form onwards.
    • also known as Young BNP
  6. Resistance is a comic book limited series published by Wildstorm, based on the Resistance video game series. It is written by Mike Costa, with art by Ramón Pérez, with the prequel being written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with pencils by C.P. Smith.
  7. Resistance is an Australian Revolutionary Socialist youth organisation with its national headquarters in Sydney. Resistance is an independent affiliate of the Socialist Alliance with a strong historical relationship with the Democratic Socialist Perspective, which dissolved into the Socialist Alliance in 2010.
  8. Resistance: In military terminology, resistance or organised resistance refers to the ability of a military unit to continue to oppose an attack. Resistance ends when a unit surrenders, when all members of a unit are killed or captured, or when a unit disperses. The term is used in the phrase "organized resistance has ceased" to describe the end of a battle or campaign when no formal surrender occurs after a unit is defeated. The term also occurs in the phrase "pocket of resistance.
  9. Resistance is a Big Finish Productions audiobook based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.
  10. Resistance a.k.a. Résistance is a cataloged instance, musical recording.
  11. Resistance is a concept created by American author Steven Pressfield that illustrates the universal force that he claims acts against human creativity. It is first described in his non-fiction book The War of Art and is again illustrated in the follow up book Do The Work. It is also a recurring themes in some of his fiction novels such as The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Virtues of War.
  12. Resistance a.k.a. Résistance is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Resistance

Phrases starting with the word Resistance:

  1. resistance unit
  2. Resistance distance
  3. resistance pyrometer
  4. resistance thermometer

Phrases ending with the word Resistance:

  1. Air Resistance
  2. least resistance
  3. ohmic resistance
  4. Ozone Resistance
  5. sales resistance
  6. Impact Resistance
  7. Kapitza Resistance
  8. passive resistance
  9. Rolling resistance
  10. acoustic resistance
  11. electric resistance
  12. piece de resistance
  13. electrical resistance
  14. nonviolent resistance

Other phrase containing the word Resistance:

  1. lord's resistance army

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Resistance

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Google previewThe Phrenological Journal and Miscellany (1837)

Vital resistance is the action of strength applied in withstanding the action of weight or strength as force under its physical or vital modifications. Mental resistance is the action of strength, as power exercised by faculties of the mind in ...

Google previewAndrogen Excess Disorders in Women (2007)

by Ricardo Azziz

Nestler SUMMARY Insulin resistance is a central feature of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS suffer both short- and long-term ...

Google previewBodies in Revolt (2005)

Gender, Disability, and a Workplace Ethic of Care by Ruth O'Brien

Like power, resistance is a social construction — that is, it cannot be perceived as a freestanding category or a universal truth.123...

Google previewCurrent Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery E-Book (2014)

by James C. Stanley, Frank Veith, Thomas W Wakefield

Insulin resistance is a physiologic state in which insulinstimulated glucose uptake by tissues is impaired, resulting in a need...

The first suggests that insulin resistance is the prime mover and that elevated plasma levels of insulin can directly ...

Google previewBuilding Materials (2009)

by S. K. Duggal

Weathering Resistance is the ability of a material to endure alternate wet and dry conditions for a long period without considerable deformation and loss of mechanical strength. Water Permeability is the capacity of a material to allow water to ...

Google previewEmotional Terrors in the Workplace: Protecting Your Business' Bottom Line (2004)

EMOTIONAL CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE by Vali Hawkins Mitchell, Ph.d., Vali Hawkins Mitchell, Philip Jan Rothstein, FBCI

Resistance is a very important clue to a manager. Here is one way to look at resistance. An ill patient comes to a doctor with symptoms and the physician diagnoses the disease and prescribes antibiotics. Most patients are interested in taking ...

Google previewManagement of Antimicrobials in Infectious Diseases (2000)

by Arch G. Mainous III, Claire Pomeroy

Genotypic resistance refers to the specific sequencing of nucleotides that compromise codons (28). The genotype sequence of specific strains can be compared to the reference wild-type virus (initial viral inoculum). Changes from the wild-type ...

Google previewThe Epidemiology of Plant Diseases (1998)

by D.G. Jones

CULTURAL RESISTANCE Cultural resistance refers to disease escape in time and space, which may be obtained through...

A further genetic trait unrelated to host resistance is the selection of cultivars adapted to disease escape in time.

Google previewEarth Returned (2014)

by Hassan Rasheed

Antibiotic resistance is a serious and growing problem in today's medical industry and has become one of the...

The major cause of wide-spread antibiotic resistance is the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and in the human health field.

Google previewSpine Surgery 2-Vol Set (2012)

Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management (Expert Consult - Online) by Edward C. Benzel

Shear stress resistance is a function of the relative contributions of the bone- screw interfaces in these locations.

The total shear stress resistance is the sum of the values for the engaged areas of cortical and cancellous bone. FIGURE 138 -4.

Google previewThe Toxicology and Biochemistry of Insecticides, Second Edition (2014)

by Simon J. Yu

Therefore, insecticide resistance is an evolutionary phenomenon, resulting from the presence of new biocides in the environment of such populations.

Insecticide resistance is a serious problem whose incidence continues to increase.

Google previewMolecular Biology of Weed Control (2002)

by Jonathan Gressel

Resistance is an evolutionary phenomenon.

Google previewMaster the CLEP (2012)

by Peterson's

Electrical resistance is the extent to which the material particles are passing through resists the movement of those particles. The unit used to measure electrical resistance is the ohm (Ω). Ohm's law describes the relationship between current, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion (2007)

by Junius P. Rodriguez

In Jacobs's life, literacy combined with activism to create actions and records that condemn slavery to this day, while demonstrating one woman's powerful resistance. Harriet Jacobs was born to Daniel and Delilah Jacobs in 1813. They were ...

Google previewThe Standard Electrical Dictionary (1892)

A Popular Dictionary of Words and Terms Used in the Practice of Electric Engineering by Thomas O'Conor Sloane

Red Magnetism, Redressed Current, Reduced Resistance, Reducteur for Ammeter, Reducteur for Voltmeter, Reduction of Ores, Electric Reduction of Phosphorous, Electrical 410 Reflecting Galvanometer, Reflector, Parabolic . Refraction ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of White Power (2000)

A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right by Jeffrey Kaplan

LEADERLESS RESISTANCE More a mark of despair than a revolutionary strategy, leaderless resistance as it was formulated and disseminated to the far- right faithful sought to make a virtue of weakness and political isolation. Leaderless ...

Google previewThe Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design (2014)

by Mark Hinchman

Fiber Characteristics Acrylic Durability: Soil resistance: Abrasion resistance: Resilience: Care requirements: Additional comments: Good Good Good Good Easy care Available in a wide range of colors; nonallergenic; resistant to mildew, moths ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 3: History by Charles Reagan Wilson

Byrd of Virginia urged a program of ''massive resistance'' to oppose...

Given the initial intensity and fervor of massive resistance in the mid- s, it proved to be a relatively short-lived, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Movement Media (2010)

by John D. H. Downing

resistance. Press,. 1941–1944. (greece). Greece in World War II suffered a triple occupation by the Axis forces. German, Italian, and Bulgarian fascists occupied different parts of the country, with annexation plans. In the face of this triple ...

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1877)

by Popular encyclopedia

The original law is concisely stated as follows: — where C is the current, E the electro-motive force, and R the whole resistance of the circuit. The current flowing between any two points of a wire is equal to the difference of potentials between ...

Google previewThe Primary Science and Technology Encyclopedia (2010)

by Christopher Collier, Dan Davies, Alan Howe, Kendra McMahon

Air resistance isa type of friction betweena moving object andthegas (usually air) itis moving through. Ata microscopic level, itis caused by billions of tiny collisions of air particles (see particle theory) against the'front' surface ofthe movingobject ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

RESISTANCE, or Resisting force, in philosophy, denotes, in general, any power which acts in an opposite direction to another, so as to destroy or diminish its effect. Hence the force wherewith bodies, moving in fluid mediums, are impeded or ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopaedia of Agricultural Science and Technology: Horticultural crops (2008)

by Srinivasa Naidu

Pest and Disease Resistance Genetic resistance refers to inheritable traits that enable a plant to inhibit disease and resist pest damage. A very important control measure for organic growers is to choose cultivars that are resistant to the ...

Google previewA Naval Encyclopaedia: Comprising a Dictionary of Nautical Words and Phrases (1884)

Biographical Notices, and Records of Naval Officers; Special Articles on Naval Art and Science

The internal resistance is that which exists in the battery itself. All known conductors oppose a sensible resistance to the passage of an electric current ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1995)

Volume 54 - Steam Reforming: Operating Experience to Storage Tank Explosion Safeguards by John J. McKetta Jr

The crevice corrosion resistance of these steels is somewhat less than that of ferritic or austenitic grades of equivalent chromium and molybdenum compositions. A recent development is the addition of nitrogen to create a second generation of ...

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Quotes about Resistance

Resistance is thought transformed into feeling. Change the thought that creates the resistance, and there is no more resistance. (Robert Conklin)
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