from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.
  • n. A resolving to do something.
  • n. A course of action determined or decided on.
  • n. A formal statement of a decision or expression of opinion put before or adopted by an assembly such as the U.S. Congress.
  • n. Physics & Chemistry The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts: the prismatic resolution of sunlight into its spectral colors.
  • n. The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.
  • n. Medicine The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.
  • n. Law A court decision.
  • n. An explanation, as of a problem or puzzle; a solution.
  • n. The part of a literary work in which the complications of the plot are resolved or simplified.
  • n. Music The progression of a dissonant tone or chord to a consonant tone or chord.
  • n. Music The tone or chord to which such a progression is made.
  • n. The substitution of one metrical unit for another, especially the substitution of two short syllables for one long syllable in quantitative verse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strong will, determination.
  • n. The state of being resolute.
  • n. A statement of intent, a vow
  • n. The act of discerning detail.
  • n. 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).
  • n. The number of pixels in an image being stored or displayed.
  • n. A formal statement adopted by an assembly.
  • n. The separation of the constituent parts (of a spectrum etc).
  • n. The degree of fineness of such a separation.
  • n. Progression from dissonance to consonance; a chord to which such progression is made.
  • n. The moment in which the conflict ends and the outcome of the action is clear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, operation, or process of resolving.
  • n. The act of separating a compound into its elements or component parts.
  • n. The act of analyzing a complex notion, or solving a vexed question or difficult problem.
  • n. The state of being relaxed; relaxation.
  • n. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined; firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination.
  • n. That which is resolved or determined; a settled purpose; determination. Specifically: A formal expression of the opinion or will of an official body or a public assembly, adopted by vote
  • n. The state of being resolved or firm in opinion or thought; conviction; assurance.
  • n. The act or process of solving; solution.
  • n. A breaking up, disappearance; or termination, as of a fever, a tumor, or the like.
  • n. The passing of a dissonant into a consonant chord by the rising or falling of the note which makes the discord.
  • n. The act of distinguishing between two close but not identical objects, or, when taking a measurement, bbetween two close values of the property measured.
  • n. a measure of the ability to distinguish between two close but not identical values of the property being measured; it is expressed as the difference in values of a property necessary to make such a distinction. Also called resolving power.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, operation, or process of resolving.
  • n. The act of mathematically analyzing a velocity, force, or other vector quantity into components having dilferent directions, whether these have independent causes or not.
  • n. The state or process of dissolving; dissolution; solution.
  • n. The act of resolving or determining; also, anything resolved or determined upon; a fixed determination of mind; a settled purpose: as, a resolution to reform our lives; a resolution, to undertake an expedition.
  • n. The character of acting with fixed purpose; resoluteness; firmness, steadiness, or constancy in execution; determination: as, a man of great resolution.
  • n. A formal proposition brought before a deliberative body for discussion and adoption.
  • n. A formal determination or decision of a legislative or corporate body, or of any association of individuals, when adopted by vote. See by-law, 2, ordinance, 7, regulation, 2.
  • n. Determination of a cause, as in a court of justice.
  • n. The state of being settled in opinion; freedom from doubt; conviction; certainty.
  • n. In music:
  • n. Of a particular voice-part, the act, process, or result of passing from a discord to a concord. See preparation and percussion.
  • n. The concordant tone in which a discord is merged.
  • n. In medicine, a removal or disappearance, as the disappearing of a swelling or an inflammation without coming to suppuration, the removal by absorption and expectoration of inflammatory products in pulmonary solidification, or the disappearance of fever.
  • n. In mathematics, same as solution.
  • n. In ancient prosody:
  • n. The use of two short times or syllables as the equivalent for one long; the division of a disemic time into the two semeia of which it is composed.
  • n. Synonyms Decomposition, separation, disentanglement.
  • n. Determination, etc. (see decision), perseverance, tenacity, Inflexibility, fortitude, boldness, courage, resolve.
  • n. In optics: The separation by means of an optical instrument, such as a telescope or spectroscope, of close-lying bodies such as the components of a double star or of a multiple line in the spectrum.
  • n. The rendition by means of a microscope of the minute details of structure of a substance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
  • n. the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together
  • n. a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
  • n. analysis into clear-cut components
  • n. finding a solution to a problem
  • n. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
  • n. the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
  • n. (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord
  • n. something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
  • n. (computer science) the number of pixels per square inch on a computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the better the picture
  • n. the trait of being resolute


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since 1412, as Middle English resolucioun "a breaking into parts", either from Anglo-Norman or directly from Latin resolūtiō ("a loosening, solution"), from resolvere ("to loosen"), itself from the intensive prefix re- + solvere 'to loosen'.



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