reactance (rɪˈæktəns) | |
—n | |
1. | Compare resistance the opposition to the flow of alternating current by the capacitance or inductance of an electrical circuit; the imaginary part of the impedance Z, Z = R + iX, where R is the resistance, i = √--1, and X is the reactance. It is expressed in ohms |
2. | the opposition to the flow of an acoustic or mechanical vibration, usually due to inertia or stiffness. It is the magnitude of the imaginary part of the acoustic or mechanical impedance |