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1 a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote [syn: declaration, resolve]
2 the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together [syn: resolving power]
3 the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work" [syn: resoluteness, firmness, resolve] [ant: irresoluteness]
4 finding a solution to a problem [syn: solving]
5 something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making; "the finally reached a settlement with the union"; "they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"; "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure" [syn: settlement, closure]
6 analysis into clear-cut components [syn: resolving]
7 (computer science) the number of pixels per square inch on a computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the better the picture
8 the subsidence of swelling or others signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
9 (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord [ant: preparation]
10 a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places" [syn: solution, answer, result, solvent]
11 a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; "he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions"

User Contributed Dictionary



resolucioun, from or resolutio, from resolvo.



  1. The state of being resolute.
    His stalwart resolution is perhaps admirable, perhaps foolish.
  2. A statement of intent, a vow (often New Year's resolution).
    My resolution is to cut back on the fast food this year.
  3. The act of discerning detail.
  4. 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.
  5. The number of pixels in an image that are stored or displayed.
    This monitor's maximum resolution is 800x600.
  6. A formal statement adopted by an assembly.
  7. The separation of the constituent parts (of a spectrum etc).
  8. The degree of fineness of such a separation.
  9. Progression from dissonance to consonance; a chord to which such progression is made.

Derived terms


state of being resolute
statement of intent
  • Finnish: lupaus, päätös
  • German: Vorsatz
  • Japanese: 決断, 決心; qualifier formal 表明
act of discerning detail
  • Finnish: erottaminen
  • Japanese: 解決
computing: degree of fineness of image
  • Croatian: rezolucija, razlučivost
  • Czech: rozlišení
  • Finnish: erottelukyky, resoluutio
  • German: Auflösung
  • Japanese: 解像度
  • Russian: разрешение
computing: number of pixels in an image as stored or displayed
formal statement adopted by an assembly
  • Croatian: rezolucija
  • Czech: rezoluce
  • Finnish: päätöslauselma, resoluutio
  • German: Resolution
  • Japanese: 議決
  • Russian: резолюция
science: separation of the constituent parts
  • Japanese: 分解, 分離
science: the degree of fineness of such a separation
  • Japanese: 分解度, 分離度
music: progression from dissonance to consonance
  • Japanese: 解決

See also

Extensive Definition

The term Resolution may refer to:

Optics and electronics


  • Corporate resolution, a legal document defining which individuals are authorized to act on behalf of a corporation
  • Resolution plc, a major manager of in-force UK life funds, part of the FTSE 100 index
  • Resolution copper, a copper mining project in Arizona


Naval vessels



Other uses

resolution in German: Resolution
resolution in Persian: وضوح
resolution in French: Résolution
resolution in Dutch: Resolutie
resolution in Japanese: レゾリューション
resolution in Polish: Rezolucja
resolution in Russian: Разрешение

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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