[syn: solution, answer, result, resolution, solvent]
11. a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner;
- Example: "he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Resolution \Res`o*lu"tion\ (-l?"sh?n), n. [F. r['e]solution. L.
resolutio a loosening, solution. See Resolve.]
1. The act, operation, or process of resolving. Specifically:
(a) The act of separating a compound into its elements or
(b) The act of analyzing a complex notion, or solving a
vexed question or difficult problem.
The unraveling and resolution of the
difficulties that are met with in the execution
of the design are the end of an action.
2. The state of being relaxed; relaxation. [Obs.]
3. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined;
firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination.
Be it with resolution then to fight. --Shak.
4. That which is resolved or determined; a settled purpose;
determination. Specifically: A formal expression of the
opinion or will of an official body or a public assembly,
adopted by vote; as, a legislative resolution; the
resolutions of a public meeting.
5. The state of being resolved or firm in opinion or thought;
conviction; assurance. [Obs.]
Little resolution and certainty there is as touching
the islands of Mauritania. --Holland.
6. (Math.) The act or process of solving; solution; as, the
resolution of an equation or problem.
7. (Med.) A breaking up, disappearance; or termination, as of
a fever, a tumor, or the like.
8. (Mus.) The passing of a dissonant into a consonant chord
by the rising or falling of the note which makes the
9. (Technical) The act of distinguishing between two close
but not identical objects, or, when taking a measurement,
bbetween two close values of the property measured.
10. (Technical) a measure of the ability to distinguish
between two close but not identical values of the
property being measured; it is expressed as the
difference in values of a property necessary to make such
a distinction; as, a microscope with a resolution of one
micron; a thermometer with a resolution of one-tenth of a
degree. Also called resolving power.
Joint resolution. See under Joint, a.
Resolution of a force or Resolution of a motion (Mech.),
the separation of a single force or motion into two or
more which have different directions, and, taken together,
are an equivalent for the single one; -- the opposite of
composition of a force.
Resolution of a nebula (Astron.), the exhibition of it to
the eye by a telescope of such power as to show it to be
composed of small stars.
Syn: Decision; analysis; separation; disentanglement;
dissolution; resolvedness; resoluteness; firmness;
constancy; perseverance; steadfastness; fortitude;
boldness; purpose; resolve. See Decision.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote [syn:
resolution, declaration, resolve]
2: the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the
angular separation of images that are close together [syn:
resolving power, resolution]
3: the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him
through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to
finish the work" [syn: resoluteness, firmness, firmness
of purpose, resolve, resolution] [ant: irresoluteness,
4: finding a solution to a problem [syn: resolution,
5: something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision
making; "they finally reached a settlement with the union";
"they never did achieve a final resolution of their
differences"; "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a
sense of closure" [syn: settlement, resolution,
6: analysis into clear-cut components [syn: resolution,
7: (computer science) the number of pixels per square inch on a
computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the
better the picture
8: the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation
(especially in a lung)
9: (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord
10: a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve
the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful solution";
"the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the
result to four decimal places" [syn: solution, answer,
result, resolution, solvent]
11: a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner;
"he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
440 Moby Thesaurus words for "resolution":
Z, abandon, ablation, about-face, accommodation, accomplishment,
accuracy, act, action, acutance, adaptation, adjustment, aim,
alchemy, ambition, anacrusis, analysis, analyzation, anatomizing,
anatomy, animus, answer, answering, apodosis, appetence, appetency,
appetite, application, ardency, ardor, arrangement, ascertainment,
aspiration, assay, assaying, assiduity, assiduousness,
assimilation, assumption, atomization, award, bass passage,
becoming, biodegradability, biodegradation, blocking, boldness,
bourdon, breakdown, breaking down, breaking up, breakup, bridge,
bulldog courage, bulldog tenacity, burden, cadence, catastrophe,
ceasing, cessation, change, change-over, changelessness, choice,
chorus, clearing up, coda, command, commitment, committedness,
composition of differences, compromise, conation, conatus,
concentration, conclusion, concurrent resolution, condemnation,
consideration, constancy, constitution, consummation, conversion,
corrosion, corruption, counsel, crack of doom, cracking, crumbling,
culmination, curtain, curtains, dauntlessness, death, decay,
decease, decidedness, decipherment, decision, decoding,
decomposition, decree, dedication, degradability, degradation,
deliberateness, deliberation, deliverance, denouement,
desideration, desideratum, design, desire, destination, destiny,
detailing, determination, development, devotedness, devotion,
devoutness, diaeresis, diagnosis, dictum, dilapidation, diligence,
discretion, discrimination, disentanglement, disintegration,
disjunction, disorganization, disposition, dissection, dissolution,
division, docimasy, dogged perseverance, doggedness, doom,
earnestness, effect, effort, enaction, enactment, end, end point,
end result, endeavor, ending, endurance, engrossment, enumeration,
envoi, epilogue, erosion, eschatology, exactitude, exactness,
exertion, expiration, explanation, explication, exposition, faith,
faithfulness, fancy, fate, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fidelity,
figure, final solution, final twitch, final words, finale,
finality, finding, finding-out, fineness, finis, finish, fire,
firmness, fixed purpose, fixedness, flip-flop, folderol, fortitude,
free choice, free will, function, gameness, gaminess, goal,
gravimetric analysis, grittiness, growth, hardihood, hardiness,
harmonic close, harmonization, heartiness, heat, heatedness, idea,
immutability, impassionedness, improper suggestion, inclination,
incoherence, indecent proposal, indefatigability, industriousness,
industry, inflexibility, insistence, insistency, instance,
instrumentation, intendment, intensity, intent, intention,
intentness, interlude, intermezzo, interpretation, intonation,
introductory phrase, irreversibility, issue, itemization, izzard,
joint resolution, judgement, lapse, last, last breath, last gasp,
last things, last trumpet, last words, latter end, lawmaking,
legislation, legislature, liking, loyalty, lust, meaning, measure,
mettlesomeness, mildew, mind, modulation, mold, motion, motive,
movement, musical phrase, musical sentence, naturalization,
nerviness, nisus, notion, oath, objective, obligation, obstinacy,
omega, orchestration, order, ornament, outcome, oxidation,
oxidization, parsing, part, pass, passage, passing, passion,
passionateness, patience, patience of Job, payoff, period,
permanence, peroration, perseverance, persistence, persistency,
pertinaciousness, pertinacity, phrase, phrasing, plan, pleasure,
pledge, plodding, pluckiness, plugging, point, precedent,
precision, preoccupation, preparation, prognosis, progress,
project, promise, pronouncement, proposal, proposition, prospectus,
proximate analysis, purpose, purposefulness, quantitative analysis,
quietus, ravages of time, re-formation, reason, reconversion,
reduction, reduction to elements, refrain, relentlessness, request,
resoluteness, resolve, resolving, response, resting place, result,
reversal, riddling, ritornello, ruling, rust, sake, scansion,
schematization, section, sedulity, sedulousness, segmentation,
semimicroanalysis, sentence, separation, seriousness, setting,
settlement, sexual desire, sharpness, shift, sincerity,
single-mindedness, singleness of purpose, slogging, solution,
solving, sorting out, spirit, spoilage, spunkiness, stability,
stamina, stanza, statement, staunchness, staying power,
steadfastness, steadiness, stick-to-itiveness, stoppage,
stopping place, strain, striving, struggle, stubbornness, study,
subdivision, suggestion, suspension, swan song, switch,
switch-over, tailpiece, tenaciousness, tenacity, term, terminal,
termination, terminus, terms, tirelessness, tone painting,
transcription, transformation, transit, transition, turning into,
tutti, tutti passage, unalterability, unchangeability, undertaking,
unraveling, unremittingness, unriddling, unscrambling, unspinning,
unswerving attention, untangling, untwisting, unweaving, upshot,
variation, vehemence, velleity, verdict, verse, view, volition,
volte-face, vow, warmth, wear, wear and tear, will, will power,
windup, wish, word of honor, working, working-out, zeal
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
1. the maximum number of pixels that can be
displayed on a monitor, expressed as (number of horizontal
pixels) x (number of vertical pixels), i.e., 1024x768. The
ratio of horizontal to vertical resolution is usually 4:3, the
same as that of conventional television sets.
2. A mechanical method for proving statements of
first order logic, introduced by J. A. Robinson in 1965.
Resolution is applied to two clauses in a sentence. It
eliminates, by unification, a literal that occurs
"positive" in one and "negative" in the other to produce a new
clause, the resolvent.
For example, given the sentence:
(man(X) => mortal(X)) AND man(socrates).
The literal "man(X)" is "negative". The literal
"man(socrates)" could be considered to be on the right hand
side of the degenerate implication
True => man(socrates)
and is therefore "positive". The two literals can be unified
by the binding X = socrates.
The truth table for the implication function is
A | B | A => B
F | F | T
F | T | T
T | F | F
T | T | T
(The implication only fails if its premise is true but its
conclusion is false). From this we can see that
A => B == (NOT A) OR B
Which is why the left hand side of the implication is said to
be negative and the right positive. The sentence above could
thus be written
((NOT man(socrates)) OR mortal(socrates))
Distributing the AND over the OR gives
((NOT man(socrates)) AND man(socrates))
mortal(socrates) AND man(socrates)
And since (NOT A) AND A == False, and False OR A == A we can
simplify to just
mortal(socrates) AND man(socrates)
So we have proved the new literal, mortal(socrates).
Resolution with backtracking is the basic control mechanism
See also modus ponens, SLD Resolution.
3. address resolution.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
RESOLUTION. A solemn judgment or decision of a court. This word is
frequently used in this sense, in Coke and some of the more ancient
reporters. It also signifies an agreement to a law or other thing adopted by
a legislature or popular assembly. Vide Dict. de Jurisp. h.t.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
RESOLUTION, Civil law. The act by which a contract which existed and was
good, is rendered null.
2. Resolution differs essentially from rescission. The former
presupposes the contract to have been valid, and it is owing to a cause
posterior to the agreement that the resolution takes place; while
rescission, on the contrary, supposes that some vice or defect annulled the
contract from the beginning. Resolution may be by consent of the parties or
by the decision of a competent tribunal; rescission must always be by the
judgment of a court. 7 Troplong, de la Vente, n. 689; 7 Toull. 551; Dall.