What does resolution mean?

Definitions for resolution
ˌrɛz əˈlu ʃənres·o·lu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resolution, declaration, resolve(noun)

    a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

  2. resolving power, resolution(noun)

    the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together

  3. resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolution(noun)

    the trait of being resolute

    "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"

  4. resolution, solving(noun)

    finding a solution to a problem

  5. settlement, resolution, closure(noun)

    something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

    "they 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"

  6. resolution, resolving(noun)

    analysis into clear-cut components

  7. resolution(noun)

    (computer science) the number of pixels per square inch on a computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the better the picture

  8. resolution(noun)

    the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)

  9. resolution(noun)

    (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord

  10. solution, answer, result, resolution, solvent(noun)

    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"

  11. resolution(noun)

    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

    "he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions"


  1. Resolution(n.)

    (Technical) The act of distinguishing between two close but not identical objects, or, when taking a measurement, bbetween two close values of the property measured.

  2. Resolution(n.)

    (Technical) 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; as, a microscope with a resolution of one micron; a thermometer with a resolution of one-tenth of a degree. Also called resolving power.

  3. Origin: [F. rsolution. L. resolutio a loosening, solution. See Resolve.]


  1. resolution(Noun)

    A strong will, determination.

  2. resolution(Noun)

    The state of being resolute.

    His stalwart resolution is perhaps admirable, perhaps foolish.

  3. resolution(Noun)

    A statement of intent, a vow

  4. resolution(Noun)

    The act of discerning detail.

  5. resolution(Noun)

    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.

  6. resolution(Noun)

    The number of pixels in an image being stored or displayed.

    This monitor's maximum resolution is 1600x1200.

  7. resolution(Noun)

    A formal statement adopted by an assembly.

  8. resolution(Noun)

    The separation of the constituent parts (of a spectrum etc).

  9. resolution(Noun)

    The degree of fineness of such a separation.

  10. resolution(Noun)

    Progression from dissonance to consonance; a chord to which such progression is made.

  11. resolution(Noun)

    The moment in which the conflict ends and the outcome of the action is clear.

  12. Origin: Recorded since 1412, as resolucioun "a breaking into parts", either from or directly from resolutio, from resolvere, itself from the intensive prefix re- + solvere 'to loosen'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resolution(noun)

    the act, operation, or process of resolving. Specifically: (a) The act of separating a compound into its elements or component parts. (b) The act of analyzing a complex notion, or solving a vexed question or difficult problem

  2. Resolution(noun)

    the state of being relaxed; relaxation

  3. Resolution(noun)

    the state of being resolved, settled, or determined; firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination

  4. Resolution(noun)

    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; as, a legislative resolution; the resolutions of a public meeting

  5. Resolution(noun)

    the state of being resolved or firm in opinion or thought; conviction; assurance

  6. Resolution(noun)

    the act or process of solving; solution; as, the resolution of an equation or problem

  7. Resolution(noun)

    a breaking up, disappearance; or termination, as of a fever, a tumor, or the like

  8. Resolution(noun)

    the passing of a dissonant into a consonant chord by the rising or falling of the note which makes the discord

  9. Origin: [F. rsolution. L. resolutio a loosening, solution. See Resolve.]


  1. Resolution

    A resolution is a written motion adopted by a deliberative body. The substance of the resolution can be anything that can normally be proposed as a motion. For long or important motions, though, it is often better to have them written out so that discussion is easier or so that it can be distributed outside of the body after its adoption. An alternate term for a resolution is a resolve. Resolutions are commonly used in corporations and houses of legislature.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Resolution

    rez-o-lū′shun, n. act of resolving: analysis: solution: state of being resolved: fixed determination: steadiness: that which is resolved: certainty: (mus.) the relieving of a discord by a following concord: a formal proposal put before a public assembly, or the formal determination of such on any matter: (math.) reduction, solution: (med.) the disappearance or dispersion of a tumour or inflammation.—n. Resolū′tioner, one of a party in Scotland who approved of the resolutions of the Commission of General Assembly (1650) admitting to take part in the struggle against Cromwell all persons except those excommunicate and hostile to the Covenant—opp. to the Protesters.—adj. Res′olūtive.—Resolution of forces, or of velocities, the application of the principle of the parallelogram of forces or velocities to the separation of a force or velocity into parts.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. resolution

    1. A measurement of the smallest detail that can be distinguished by a sensor system under specific conditions. 2. A formal expression of an official body such as Congress, the United Nations Security Council, or North Atlantic Treaty Organization North Atlantic Committee that may provide the basis for or set limits on a military operation.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A fragile bit of crockery fashioned on the first day of January and usually broken on the second.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resolution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2928

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resolution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1793

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resolution' in Nouns Frequency: #1046

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resolution in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resolution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of resolution in a Sentence

  1. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    Coalition for Peaceful Resolution?.

  2. Manasseh Magok Rundial:

    This is your resolution and decision.

  3. Sharon Holland:

    We're moving toward resolution of that.

  4. Liang Thow Ming:

    We're both keen to come to a resolution.

  5. Secretary Jeh Johnson:

    As long as we're on the [continuing resolution].

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  • قرارArabic
  • rezoluce, rozlišeníCzech
  • Entschlossenheit, Auflösungsvermögen, Auflösung, Standfestigkeit, Resolution, VorsatzGerman
  • ανάλυσηGreek
  • difinoEsperanto
  • otsusEstonian
  • päättäväisyys, tarkkuus, resoluutio, erottelukyky, päätös, kannanotto, päätöslauselma, erottaminen, lujuus, ratkaisuFinnish
  • résolution, déterminationFrench
  • gléineIrish
  • elhatározás, felbontás, fogadalomHungarian
  • բանաձևArmenian
  • resolusiIndonesian
  • risoluzioneItalian
  • רזולוציהHebrew
  • 解決, 決心, 表明, 決断, 画素数, 分離度, 分離, 議決, 解像度, 分解度, 分解Japanese
  • senatusLatin
  • ketegasan, peleraian, resolusi, ketetapan, azamMalay
  • beeldscherpte, resolutie, beeldkwaliteit, resoluutheid, voornemen, vastberadenheidDutch
  • vedtak, beslutningNorwegian
  • развя́зка, реши́тельность, разреше́ние, резолю́ция, реше́ние, реши́мость, ана́лиз, разре́шение, твёрдостьRussian
  • rezolucija, razlučivostSerbo-Croatian
  • çTurkish
  • 決議案Chinese

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