Definition of resolution
1 : the act or process of resolving: such asa : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler onesb : the act of answering : solvingc : the act of determiningd : the passing of a voice part from a dissonant to a consonant tone or the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonancee : the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituentsf (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 syllableg : the analysis of a vector into two or more vectors of which it is the sum
2 : the subsidence of a pathological state (such as inflammation)
3a : something that is resolved made a resolution to mend my waysb : 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
6a : the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of lightb : a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (such 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 in a Sentence
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
Perrotta tells a good story in a top-shelf romance kind of way, and you'll very likely find yourself eager to get to the resolution once you've begun. —Paul J. Griffiths, Commonweal, 21 Dec. 2007
The new revelation was that, in high resolution, the valley showed deep channels and scours sharply incised into bedrock … —Bertram Schwarzschild, Physics Today, September 2007
In late August, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for peacekeepers to deploy to Darfur to stop a genocide that has claimed some 400,000 lives over the last three years. —New Republic, 30 Oct. 2006
The OMEGA spectrometer on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has gone where no spectrometer has gone before, covering near-infrared wavelengths and offering 10 times the resolution of earlier instruments. —George Musser, Scientific American, December 2005
But Hannah's brief resolution suddenly gave way, and all at once she clung to Kit, sobbing like a child. —Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, 1987
Here again it would seem that the vicarious experience just once of seeing another human being completely “blotto” should be sufficient to engender a firm and unbreakable resolution never to take a chance on making a similarly disgusting spectacle of oneself. —David A. Embury, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, 1970
a court for the resolution of civil disputes
We found a resolution to the dispute.
computer screens with high resolutions
The monitor has excellent resolution.
Recent Examples of resolution from the Web
The resolution articulates a plan for balancing the budget over 10 years – one that involves slashing $500 billion from Medicare and $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and Obamacare, according to the Associated Press.
That makes the budget resolution that’s under committee consideration this week vitally important to the tax-overhaul effort, from a procedural standpoint.
Though the sight of these simian sonderkommandos is initially horrifying, Reeves doesn’t do much with them, and that whole sub-plot gets a pat resolution as the Colonel’s last stand draws to a bloody close.
Of course, Lemonade revealed that Jay Z and Beyoncé eventually reached a resolution.
A redescription of Carrolla craddocki (Lepospondyli: Brachystelechidae) based on high-resolution CT, and the impacts of miniaturization and fossoriality on morphology.
Notably, Pavan was a summary reversal, the kind of quick and truncated resolution reserved for cases where the law is settled and stable, the material facts are undisputed, and the lower court’s error is clear.
Absent that resolution, legislators are supposed to adhere to a 2011 budget deal that sets annual spending caps for both civilian and military programs.
The resolution condemned the use of heavy weapons, including tanks, by both the Syrian armed forces and armed groups in the area of separation.
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Synonym Discussion of resolution
RESOLUTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of resolution for English Language Learners
: 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
RESOLUTION Defined for Kids
Definition of resolution for Students
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 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)
Legal Definition of resolution
2 : an expression or document containing authorization usually by a corporate board of directors of a particular act, transaction, agent, or representative a corporate resolution authorizing counsel to bind the corporation to a settlement
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