What does resolution mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resolution, declaration, resolvenoun

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

  2. resolving power, resolutionnoun

    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, resolutionnoun

    the trait of being resolute

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

  4. resolution, solvingnoun

    finding a solution to a problem

  5. settlement, resolution, closurenoun

    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, resolvingnoun

    analysis into clear-cut components

  7. resolutionnoun

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

  8. resolutionnoun

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

  9. resolutionnoun

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

  10. solution, answer, result, resolution, solventnoun

    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. resolutionnoun

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

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


  1. Resolutionnoun

    (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. Resolutionnoun

    (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.


  1. resolutionnoun

    A strong will, determination.

  2. resolutionnoun

    The state of being resolute.

    His stalwart resolution is perhaps admirable, perhaps foolish.

  3. resolutionnoun

    A statement of intent, a vow

  4. resolutionnoun

    The act of discerning detail.

  5. resolutionnoun

    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. resolutionnoun

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

    This monitor's maximum resolution is 1600x1200.

  7. resolutionnoun

    A formal statement adopted by an assembly.

  8. resolutionnoun

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

  9. resolutionnoun

    The degree of fineness of such a separation.

  10. resolutionnoun

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

  11. resolutionnoun

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

  12. Etymology: 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'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Resolutionnoun

    Etymology: resolutio, Lat. resolution, Fr.

    In matters of antiquity, if their originals escape due relation, they fall into great obscurities, and such as future ages seldom reduce into a resolution. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    The unravelling and resolution of the difficulties, that are met with in the execution of the design, are the end of an action. John Dryden, Oedipus.

    To the present impulses of sense, memory and instinct, all the sagacities of brutes may be reduced; though witty men, by analytical resolution, have chymically extracted an artificial logick out of all their actions. Matthew Hale, Orig. of Mankind.

    In the hot springs of extreme cold countries, the first heats are unsufferable, which proceed out of the resolution of humidity congealed. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    I’ th’ progress of this business,
    Ere a determinate resolution,
    The bishop did require a respite. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    O Lord, resolutions of future reforming do not always satisfy thy justice, nor prevent thy vengeance for former miscarriages. Charles I .

    We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolution. Roger L'Estrange.

    How much this is in every man’s power, by making resolutions to himself, is easy to try. John Locke.

    The mode of the will, which answers to dubitation, may be called suspension; that which answers to invention, resolution: and that which, in the phantastick will, is obstinacy, is constancy in the intellectual. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

    The rest of the Helots, which were otherwise scattered, bent thitherward, with a new life of resolution; as if their captain had been a root, out of which their courage had sprung. Philip Sidney.

    I would unstate myself to be in a due resolution. William Shakespeare.

    They, who governed the parliament, had the resolution to act those monstrous things. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    What reinforcement we may gain from hope,
    If not what resolution from despair. John Milton.

    Nor have we all the acts of parliament or of judicial resolutions, which might occasion such alterations. Matthew Hale.


  1. Resolution

    Resolution is a single released by Australian singer Matt Corby from his Resolution EP. The song was released on 23 May 2013 by Universal Music Australia. "Resolution" peaked at number 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 3× Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 140,000 copies. The song was also included as an iTunes bonus track on his debut album, Telluric (2016).


  1. resolution

    Resolution refers to the determination or decisiveness in making a firm decision or resolving a particular issue, problem or dispute. It can also refer to the degree of detail or clarity of an image, display or sound, often measured in terms of pixels or dots per inch in digital devices. In a legislative context, a resolution is a formal statement expressing the sentiment or intent of a legislative body.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resolutionnoun

    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. Resolutionnoun

    the state of being relaxed; relaxation

  3. Resolutionnoun

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

  4. Resolutionnoun

    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. Resolutionnoun

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

  6. Resolutionnoun

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

  7. Resolutionnoun

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

  8. Resolutionnoun

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

  9. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. resolution

    A course of action agreed through discussion, conversation and mutual agreement.

    There is always a peace negotiation team around where they are needed.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

  2. resolution

    A solution agreed through discussion, conversation and agreement with the relevant person, people or group.

    There is always a resolution to what may be perceived, its always easy and simple where a discussion is had.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

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. Supreme Court:

    The situation the police officers faced in this case called for conflict resolution and de-escalation, not confrontation and Tasers.

  2. Steve Baltin:

    Assuming… that she is at some point freed or comes to resolution with Sony, I absolutely think she can move forward, there will be a TON of interest in what she does next and a lot of talented, high-profile people have offered to work with her so she will have industry backing, songs and visibility on her side.

  3. Jim Jordan:

    What I want is the full weight of the House behind this resolution saying give us what we're entitled to have.

  4. Nasr Hariri:

    We want more pressure on the regime to engage in the negotiation and continue in the negotiation to reach a political solution in six months, as (U.N. Security Council Resolution) 2254 says, just speaking about a political transition without any advancement, we will lose our trust in the process and our people will lose their trust in us and in the process itself. Hariri said Syria and its ally Iran wanted the fighting to continue until they could declare a military victory, and they were not abiding by agreements to de-escalate the fighting in areas such as Eastern Ghouta, a besieged rebel-held enclave.

  5. Heta Asset Resolution -LSB- HAABI.UL:

    Certain resolution options could involve a retroactive change of contracts, this remains a concern.

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  • قرارArabic
  • rezoluce, rozlišeníCzech
  • Entschlossenheit, Vorsatz, Auflösungsvermögen, Auflösung, Standfestigkeit, ResolutionGerman
  • ανάλυσηGreek
  • difinoEsperanto
  • otsusEstonian
  • erottaminen, päätöslauselma, kannanotto, lujuus, päättäväisyys, resoluutio, tarkkuus, ratkaisu, päätös, erottelukykyFinnish
  • détermination, résolutionFrench
  • gléineIrish
  • fogadalom, felbontás, elhatározásHungarian
  • բանաձևArmenian
  • resolusiIndonesian
  • risoluzioneItalian
  • רזולוציהHebrew
  • 解決, 表明, 決断, 議決, 解像度, 決心, 分離, 分離度, 分解度, 分解, 画素数Japanese
  • senatusLatin
  • ketetapan, resolusi, azam, peleraian, ketegasanMalay
  • beeldscherpte, resolutie, beeldkwaliteit, resoluutheid, vastberadenheid, voornemenDutch
  • beslutning, vedtakNorwegian
  • resoluçãoPortuguese
  • реше́ние, твёрдость, разре́шение, ана́лиз, реши́мость, резолю́ция, разреше́ние, реши́тельность, развя́зкаRussian
  • razlučivost, rezolucijaSerbo-Croatian
  • தீர்மானம்Tamil
  • ความละเอียดThai
  • çTurkish
  • 決議案Chinese

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