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;
- Example: "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"
- Example: "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
[syn: resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolution]
4. finding a solution to a problem;
[syn: resolution, solving]
5. something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making;
- Example: "they finally reached a settlement with the union"
- Example: "they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"
- Example: "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure"
[syn: settlement, resolution, closure]
6. analysis into clear-cut components;
[syn: resolution, resolving]
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;
- Example: "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"
- Example: "the answers were in the back of the book"
- Example: "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;
- 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 component parts. (b) The act of analyzing a complex notion, or solving a vexed question or difficult problem. [1913 Webster] The unraveling and resolution of the difficulties that are met with in the execution of the design are the end of an action. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being relaxed; relaxation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined; firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination. [1913 Webster] Be it with resolution then to fight. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. The state of being resolved or firm in opinion or thought; conviction; assurance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Little resolution and certainty there is as touching the islands of Mauritania. --Holland. [1913 Webster] 6. (Math.) The act or process of solving; solution; as, the resolution of an equation or problem. [1913 Webster] 7. (Med.) A breaking up, disappearance; or termination, as of a fever, a tumor, or the like. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mus.) The passing of a dissonant into a consonant chord by the rising or falling of the note which makes the discord. [1913 Webster] 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. [PJC] 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. [PJC] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Decision; analysis; separation; disentanglement; dissolution; resolvedness; resoluteness; firmness; constancy; perseverance; steadfastness; fortitude; boldness; purpose; resolve. See Decision. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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