Resolution

Definition of Resolution

Res`o`lu´tion   Pronunciation: ~l?´sh?n
n.1.The act, operation, or process of resolving.
The unraveling and resolution of the difficulties that are met with in the execution of the design are the end of an action.
- Dryden.
2.The state of being relaxed; relaxation.
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.
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 discord.
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
(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.

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