Meaning of RESISTANCE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ rɪzɪstəns ]

( resistances)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Resistance to something such as a change or a new idea is a refusal to accept it.

The US wants big cuts in European agricultural export subsidies, but this is meeting resistance.

N-UNCOUNT : oft N to n


Resistance to an attack consists of fighting back against the people who have attacked you.

The troops are encountering stiff resistance...



The resistance of your body to germs or diseases is its power to remain unharmed or unaffected by them.

This disease is surprisingly difficult to catch as most people have a natural resistance to it.

N-UNCOUNT : oft N to n


Wind or air resistance is a force which slows down a moving object or vehicle.

The design of the bicycle has managed to reduce the effects of wind resistance and drag.

N-UNCOUNT : usu supp N


In electrical engineering or physics, resistance is the ability of a substance or an electrical circuit to stop the flow of an electrical current through it.

...materials that lose all their electrical resistance.



In a country which is occupied by the army of another country, or which has a very harsh and strict government, the resistance is an organized group of people who are involved in illegal activities against the people in power.

They managed to escape after being arrested by the resistance.

N-SING : the N


If you take the line of least resistance in a situation, you do what is easiest, even though you think that it may not be the right thing to do. In American English, you usually talk about the path of least resistance .

They would rather take the line of least resistance than become involved in arguments.

PHRASE : PHR after v

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