Recorded since 1412, as Middle English resolucioun (“a breaking into part”), either from Anglo-Norman resolucion or directly from Latin resolūtiō (“a loosening, solution”), from resolvō (“I loosen”), itself from the intensive prefix re- + solvō (“I loosen”).
resolution (countable and uncountable, plural resolutions)
- A strong will, determination.
- The state of being resolute.
His stalwart resolution is perhaps admirable, perhaps foolish.
- A statement of intent, a vow
By February, most New Year's resolutions are forgotten. My resolution is to cut back on the fast food this year.
- The act of discerning detail.
2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
- (computing, photography) The degree of fineness with which an image can be recorded or produced, often expressed as the number of pixels per unit of length (typically an inch).
Printing at higher resolution will cause a reduction in performance.
- (computing) The number of pixels in an image being stored or displayed.
This monitor's maximum resolution is 1600 × 1200.
- (computing) The process of determining the meaning of a symbol or address; lookup.
- name resolution
- (mathematics) The act or process of solving; solution.
- the resolution of an equation
- A formal statement adopted by an assembly, or during any other formal meeting.
- The resolution was passed by a two-thirds majority.
- (sciences) The separation of the constituent parts (of a spectrum etc).
- (sciences) The degree of fineness of such a separation.
- (music) Progression from dissonance to consonance; a chord to which such progression is made.
- (literature) The moment in which the conflict ends and the outcome of the action is clear.
- (medicine) In a pathological process, the phase during which pathogens and damaged tissues are removed by macrophages.
computing, photography: degree of fineness of image
computing: number of pixels in an image as stored or displayed
computing: process of determining the meaning of a symbol or address
math: act or process of solving
formal statement adopted by an assembly
science: separation of the constituent parts
science: the degree of fineness of such a separation
music: progression from dissonance to consonance
moment when the outcome of action is clear
- Mandarin: please add this translation if you can
- Finnish: ratkaisu (fi)
- Russian: развя́зка (ru) f (razvjázka)
- Spanish: please add this translation if you can
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