resolving power

noun

Definition of resolving power 

1 : the ability of an optical system to form distinguishable images of objects separated by small angular distances

2 : the ability of a photographic film or plate to reproduce the fine detail of an optical image

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The giant telescope will have 10 times the resolving power of the Hubble Space Telescope, revealing distant galaxies, the birth of stars, and the compositions of exoplanet atmospheres—a key field of research in the search for extraterrestrial life. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Deep Space Eye in the Desert," 14 Feb. 2018 Science also attempts to understand reality by increasing the resolving power of instruments, training the mind to grasp complex relations, and decomposing systems into ever-smaller components. Matthieu Ricard, The Atlantic, "Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism," 17 Dec. 2017

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1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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resolving power

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Medical Definition of resolving power 

: the ability of an optical system to form distinguishable images of objects separated by small angular distances

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