resolution

noun

res·​o·​lu·​tion ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio)
1
: the act or process of resolving: such 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 (such 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 (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

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The findings, possible with the help of high-resolution satellite observations, detail the unique pattern of sea level change linked to the Greenland ice sheet. Sarah Sloat, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2022 The camera achieved high detection rates and high localization accuracy up to a distance of about 3.5 meters (about 11 and a half feet); the authors suggest longer detection ranges could be achieved with higher-resolution sensors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2022 The agency believes Juno will obtain the highest-resolution pictures of Europa's surface while gathering key data about the moon's surface compositions and interior. Phillip Nieto, Fox News, 27 Sep. 2022 Thanks to the side-scan sonar, Wright completed her task to bring back the first high-resolution mapping of Challenger Deep. Bry'onna Mention, Essence, 26 Sep. 2022 This instrument also is a high-resolution camera that aims to capture images of the two asteroids to be streamed back to Earth at a rate of one image per second in what will appear nearly like a video. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 23 Sep. 2022 Wright's task was to bring back the first high-resolution mapping of Challenger Deep. CBS News, 22 Sep. 2022 A decade later, an assessment of the city’s canopy that used more sophisticated, high-resolution aerial imagery and lasers determined that just 27 percent of Boston’s land had trees. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Sep. 2022 For example, this year’s just-announced, entry-level Kindle is smaller and lighter than its predecessor while adding a higher-resolution display of the same size. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English resolucioun, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resolucion, from Latin resolution-, resolutio, from resolvere — see resolve entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of resolution was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Resolution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resolution. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

resolution

noun

res·​o·​lu·​tion ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio)
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

resolution

noun

res·​o·​lu·​tion ˌrez-ə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio)
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

resolution

noun

res·​o·​lu·​tion ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce resolution (audio)
1
: a formal expression of opinion, will, or intention voted by an official body (as a legislature) or assembled group see also concurrent resolution, joint 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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