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

Definition of resistive

: marked by resistance often used in combinationfire-resistive material

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Other Words from resistive

resistively adverb
resistiveness noun

Examples of resistive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The long, winding, technological road to GPS in every car," 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, "EV Range: Everything You Need to Know," 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, "How Much Does Climate Control Affect EV Range?," 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, "The 25 Best Products of CES 2020," 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, "The Fight to Occupy Alcatraz," 14 Oct. 2019 Metamorphic and igneous rocks are denser and less porous and so are more electrically resistive. National Geographic, "Solar storms can be even worse if you live near certain rocks," 18 Mar. 2019 The team found that risk varies considerably from region to region, with some electrically resistive rocks boosting the regional geoelectric hazard by a factor of a hundred. National Geographic, "Solar storms can be even worse if you live near certain rocks," 18 Mar. 2019 Inside the pedal, LEDs controlled by microprocessors shine on resistive elements. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology in Guitar Pedals Has Reached a New Level of Tonal Bliss," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of resistive

1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Resistive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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