re·​sis·​tive | \ ri-ˈzi-stiv How to pronounce resistive (audio) \

Definition of resistive

: marked by resistance often used in combination fire-resistive material

Other Words from resistive

resistively adverb
resistiveness noun

Examples of resistive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Helion estimates that realistic restrictions on physical expansion ratio and resistive circuit elements limit practical efficiencies to 85%. James Conca, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Similarly, resistive electric heating also becomes competitive in most of Europe following electricity tax reforms. Luis D’acosta, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 That number goes way down when playing a game like Astro’s Playroom, though, thanks to extensive use of the DualSense speakers, rumble, and resistive triggers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2020 Hurst realized that when a finger touches a screen composed of numerous thin resistive layers with thin gaps between them, a computer can read the location of the resulting voltage and actuate the command. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, 24 June 2020 One of the many reasons for that is that using the heater to warm the cabin—particularly on EVs that have resistive heaters—sucks a lot of juice. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 22 May 2020 Answers to Other Tesla Model 3 Questions The Model 3 uses a resistive electric heater (essentially like the glowing coils in a toaster), which is far cheaper, but not as efficient as a heat pump. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 19 Mar. 2020 For patients looking to strengthen atrophied muscles, Dr. CaRo can switch between assistive and resistive modes to accommodate patients looking to regain strength and dexterity in their limbs. Time, 9 Jan. 2020 But the protests also established the foundation for modern resistive actions, like Standing Rock and Mauna Kea. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of resistive

1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Resistive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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