resistivity

noun

re·​sis·​tiv·​i·​ty ri-ˌzi-ˈsti-və-tē How to pronounce resistivity (audio)
ˌrē-
plural resistivities
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 Last year the researchers used a combination of three scanning technologies — ground-penetrating radar, electrical resistivity tomography and seismic noise tomography — to generate three-dimensional images of what lay below. Franz Lidz Meghan Dhaliwal, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2023 In order to calculate grounding resistance, engineers need to know the soil resistivity for the problem at hand and have a robust calculation method, like FEM. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2022 The researchers created a 3D model of Mitla’s subterranean passageways using a combination of three geophysical scanning technologies—ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity tomography and seismic noise tomography—all of which left the archaeological site undisturbed. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 July 2023 There are also a number of ways to peek underground digitally without digging, including ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and electrical resistivity. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 28 Jan. 2020 Hamlin independently released a preprint last October claiming that the electrical resistivity data also appeared to have been processed in an undisclosed manner — a new allegation atop the issue that led to the 2022 retraction. Quanta Magazine, 8 Mar. 2023 Electrical resistivity tomography drone imagery, at the bottom, and a map of the site of a possible mass grave at the Jungfernhof concentration camp. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Jan. 2023 After finding the resistivity, the team calculated the grounding resistance for a single-rod scenario (as a means of validation). IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2022 The Hellenic Cables team used FEM to analyze soil resistivity for two sites: one in northern Germany and one in southern Greece. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resistivity. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

resistivity

noun
re·​sis·​tiv·​i·​ty ri-ˌzis-ˈtiv-ət-ē, ˌrē- How to pronounce resistivity (audio)
plural resistivities
: the longitudinal electrical resistance of a uniform rod of unit length and unit cross-sectional area : the reciprocal of conductivity

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