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resolution

noun res·o·lu·tion \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\

: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something

: an answer or solution to something

: the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail

Full Definition of RESOLUTION

1
:  the act or process of resolving: as
a :  the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
b :  the act of answering :  solving
c :  the act of determining
d :  the passing of a voice part from a dissonant to a consonant tone or the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance
e :  the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents
f (1) :  the division of a prosodic element into its component parts
(2) :  the substitution in Greek or Latin prosody of two short syllables for a long syllable
g :  the analysis of a vector into two or more vectors of which it is the sum
2
:  the subsidence of a pathological state (as inflammation)
3
a :  something that is resolved <made a resolution to mend my ways>
b :  firmness of resolve
4
:  a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group
5
:  the point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out
6
a :  the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light
b :  a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (as a video display, printer, or scanner) can produce or record such an image usually expressed as the total number or density of pixels in the image <a resolution of 1200 dots per inch>

Examples of RESOLUTION

  1. a court for the resolution of civil disputes
  2. We found a resolution to the dispute.
  3. computer screens with high resolutions
  4. The monitor has excellent resolution.
  5. In June, the demagogic militia leader Moqtada al Sadr … sponsored a resolution requiring the government to seek permission of the parliament before asking the U.N. to reauthorize the presence of foreign forces in Iraq. —Lawrence Wright, New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2007

Origin of RESOLUTION

Middle English resolucioun, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resolucion, from Latin resolution-, resolutio, from resolvere (see 1resolve)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of RESOLUTION

courage, mettle, spirit, resolution, tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty <the courage to support unpopular causes>. mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience <a challenge that will test your mettle>. spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened <her spirit was unbroken by failure>. resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends <the resolution of pioneer women>. tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat <held to their beliefs with great tenacity>.

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
RESOLUTION Defined for Kids

resolution

noun res·o·lu·tion \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\

Definition of RESOLUTION for Kids

1
:  something decided on <a New Year's resolution>
2
:  firmness of purpose :  determination
3
:  the act of solving <They went to court for resolution of the matter.>
4
:  the solution to a problem <They found a resolution to the dispute.>
5
:  a statement of the feelings, wishes, or decisions of a group
Medical Dictionary

resolution

noun res·o·lu·tion \ˌrez-ə-ˈlü-shən\

Medical Definition of RESOLUTION

1
:  the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents
2
:  the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light
3
:  the subsidence of a pathological state (as inflammation)

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