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n. pl. re·sis·tiv·i·ties
1. The capacity for or tendency toward resistance.
2. Electricity An intrinsic property of a material that is measured as its resistance to current per unit length for a uniform cross section.


1. (General Physics) the electrical property of a material that determines the resistance of a piece of given dimensions. It is equal to RA/l, where R is the resistance, A the cross-sectional area, and l the length, and is the reciprocal of conductivity. It is measured in ohms. Symbol: ρ Former name: specific resistance
2. the power or capacity to resist; resistance


(ˌri zɪsˈtɪv ɪ ti)

1. the power or property of resistance.
2. electrical resistance measured as a function of a given volume or area.
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Noun1.resistivity - a material's opposition to the flow of electric currentresistivity - a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms
electrical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon involving electricity
ohmage - the ohmic resistance of a conductor
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Carbon black-filled polymers are used for materials with specific resistivities ranging from 10 to 1018 ohm-cm.
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T]Z] + N + 2; N is the number of apparent resistivities, which depends on the number of frequencies: and C is a Laplacian filter.
The apparent resistivity that is measured with the four electrodes is a weighted average of the electrical resistivities in the region through which the current travels.
The ERT method has been used in order to determine the distribution of subsurface materials resistivities by making measurements at the ground level.
The inverted resistivity cross section shows the vertical distribution of resistivities within a particular volume of the earth.
It is observed that initial resistivities of the nanocomposites increase drastically with annealing time.
This unit is built to measure resistivities in fluids and other rock lithologies.
Eeonyx has expanded its product line by custom blending with other powders to create a range of resistivities and colors, from light gray to green and light brown.
B] are volume resistivities (ohm-cm); t is the sample thickness (cm); [V.