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RESOLUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does resolution mean? 

RESOLUTION (noun)
  The noun RESOLUTION has 11 senses:

1. a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
2. the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together
3. the trait of being resolute
4. finding a solution to a problem
5. something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
6. analysis into clear-cut components
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 other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
9. (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord
10. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
11. a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

  Familiarity information: RESOLUTION used as a noun is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESOLUTION (noun)


Sense 1resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

resolution; resolve; declaration

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

document; papers; written document (writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "resolution"):

joint resolution (a resolution passed by both houses of Congress which becomes legally binding when signed by the chief executive (or passed over the executive's veto))

Instance hyponyms:

Declaration of Independence (the document recording the proclamation of the second Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the independence of the colonies from Great Britain)


Sense 2resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

resolving power; resolution

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

physical phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the physics of matter and energy)


Sense 3resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being resolute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

resolve; resoluteness; firmness of purpose; firmness; resolution

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "resolution"):

possession; self-command; self-control; self-possession; self-will; willpower (the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior)

steadfastness (steadfast resolution)

determination; purpose (the quality of being determined to do or achieve something)

decision; decisiveness (the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose)

adamance; obduracy; unyieldingness (resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible)

single-mindedness (characterized by one unified purpose)

bullheadedness; obstinacy; obstinance; pigheadedness; self-will; stubbornness (resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires)

stiffness (firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action)

sturdiness (resoluteness evidenced by strength of character)

steadiness (freedom from wavering or indecision; constancy of resolve or conduct)


Sense 4resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Finding a solution to a problem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

solving; resolution

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

determination; finding (the act of determining the properties of something)


Sense 5resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

closure; resolution; settlement

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

deciding; decision making (the cognitive process of reaching a decision)


Sense 6resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Analysis into clear-cut components

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

resolving; resolution

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

breakdown; partitioning (an analysis into mutually exclusive categories)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "resolution"):

factoring; factorisation; factorization ((mathematics) the resolution of an integer or polynomial into factors such that when multiplied together they give the integer or polynomial)

diagonalisation; diagonalization (changing a square matrix to diagonal form (with all non-zero elements on the principal diagonal))


Sense 7resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

physical phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the physics of matter and energy)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)


Sense 8resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

remission; remittal; subsidence (an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease))


Sense 9resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

harmony; musical harmony (the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Antonym:

preparation ((music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord)


Sense 10resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

solvent; solution; result; answer; resolution

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

statement (a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "resolution"):

denouement (the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work)


Sense 11resolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions

Hypernyms ("resolution" is a kind of...):

conclusion; decision; determination (the act of making up your mind about something)


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