re·​sis·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ri-ˌzi-ˈsti-və-tē How to pronounce resistivity (audio) , ˌrē- \
plural resistivities

Definition of resistivity

1 : the longitudinal electrical resistance of a uniform rod of unit length and unit cross-sectional area : the reciprocal of conductivity
2 : capacity for resisting : resistance

Examples of resistivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starting in 1990, researchers began finding evidence of a quantum nature to the linear resistivity. Quanta Magazine, 19 Nov. 2018 Over time, one part of the fuzzy picture came into focus: The mysterious linear resistivity that Bednorz and Müller observed in their first cuprate kept showing up in other cuprates and materials before the onset of superconductivity. Quanta Magazine, 19 Nov. 2018 Substances such as ice have high resistivity, meaning electricity doesn’t flow through them easily. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2018 The tool discriminates between different materials based on something called resistivity—a measure of how easily electrical current can flow. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2018 To get a better idea of what lies below the property, Muhlestein used a technique called electrical resistivity mapping to get 3-D images of the property down to 30 feet below ground. Brendan Gibbons, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2017 Measurements of electrical resistivity – how strongly a material opposes the flow of an electric current – helped us determine which parts of the tunnel were filled. Jamie Pringle And Peter Doyle, Smithsonian, 11 Aug. 2017 Those maps were combined with resistivity measurements and, later, the magnetization data from bore samples. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2017 While no one has been able to go inside the tunnel yet, the discovery was made through a method known as electrical resistivity tomography, which creates subterranean images. National Geographic, 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of resistivity

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of resistivity was in 1885

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“Resistivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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re·​sis·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ri-ˌzis-ˈtiv-ət-ē, ˌrē- How to pronounce resistivity (audio) \
plural resistivities

Medical Definition of resistivity

: the longitudinal electrical resistance of a uniform rod of unit length and unit cross-sectional area : the reciprocal of conductivity

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