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Pronunciation:  `rezu'looshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  finding a solution to a problem
  2. [n]  a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; "he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions"
  3. [n]  the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
  4. [n]  analysis into clear-cut components
  5. [n]  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"
  6. [n]  a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
  7. [n]  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"
  8. [n]  (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord
  9. [n]  the subsidence of swelling or others signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
  10. [n]  the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together
  11. [n]  (computer science) the number of pixels per square inch on a computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the better the picture

RESOLUTION is a 10 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: answer, declaration, firmness, resoluteness, resolve, resolve, resolving, resolving power, result, settlement, solution, solvent, solving
 Antonyms: irresoluteness, irresolution, preparation
 See Also: adamance, breakdown, bullheadedness, conclusion, deciding, decision, decision, decision making, decisiveness, Declaration of Independence, denouement, determination, determination, diagonalisation, diagonalization, document, factoring, factorisation, factorization, finding, harmony, joint resolution, musical harmony, obduracy, obstinacy, obstinance, papers, partitioning, physical phenomenon, pigheadedness, purpose, remission, remittal, self-command, self-control, self-will, single-mindedness, statement, steadfastness, stubbornness, subsidence, trait, unyieldingness, willpower, written document



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Res`o*lu"tion\ (-l?"sh?n), n. [F. r['e]solution. L.
resolutio a loosening, solution. See {Resolve}.]
1. 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.

             The unraveling and resolution of the
             difficulties that are met with in the execution
             of the design are the end of an action.

2. The state of being relaxed; relaxation. [Obs.]

3. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined;
   firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination.

         Be it with resolution then to fight.  --Shak.

4. 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. The state of being resolved or firm in opinion or thought;
   conviction; assurance. [Obs.]

         Little resolution and certainty there is as touching
         the islands of Mauritania.            --Holland.

6. (Math.) The act or process of solving; solution; as, the
   resolution of an equation or problem.

7. (Med.) A breaking up, disappearance; or termination, as of
   a fever, a tumor, or the like.

8. (Mus.) The passing of a dissonant into a consonant chord
   by the rising or falling of the note which makes the

{Joint resolution}. See under {Joint}, a.

{Resolution of a force} or {motion} (Mech.), the separation
   of a single force or motion into two or more which have
   different directions, and, taken together, are an
   equivalent for the single one; -- the opposite of
   {composition of a force}.

{Resolution of a nebula} (Astron.), the exhibition of it to
   the eye by a telescope of such power as to show it to be
   composed of small stars.

Syn: Decision; analysis; separation; disentanglement;
     dissolution; resolvedness; resoluteness; firmness;
     constancy; perseverance; steadfastness; fortitude;
     boldness; purpose; resolve. See {Decision}.

Computing Dictionary

1. the maximum number of pixels that can be displayed on a monitor, expressed as (number of horizontal pixels) x (number of vertical pixels), i.e., 1024x768. The ratio of horizontal to vertical resolution is usually 4:3, the same as that of conventional television sets.

2. A mechanical method for proving statements of first order logic, introduced by J. A. Robinson in 1965. Resolution is applied to two clauses in a sentence. It eliminates, by unification, a literal that occurs "positive" in one and "negative" in the other to produce a new clause, the resolvent.

For example, given the sentence:

        (man(X) => mortal(X))  AND  man(socrates).

The literal "man(X)" is "negative". The literal "man(socrates)" could be considered to be on the right hand side of the degenerate implication

        True => man(socrates)

and is therefore "positive". The two literals can be unified by the binding X = socrates.

The truth table for the implication function is

        A | B | A => B
        F | F |   T
        F | T |   T
        T | F |   F
        T | T |   T

(The implication only fails if its premise is true but its conclusion is false). From this we can see that

        A => B   ==   (NOT A) OR B

Which is why the left hand side of the implication is said to be negative and the right positive. The sentence above could thus be written

        ((NOT man(socrates)) OR mortal(socrates))

Distributing the AND over the OR gives

        ((NOT man(socrates)) AND man(socrates))
        mortal(socrates) AND man(socrates)

And since (NOT A) AND A == False, and False OR A == A we can simplify to just

        mortal(socrates) AND man(socrates)

So we have proved the new literal, mortal(socrates).

Resolution with backtracking is the basic control mechanism of prolog.

See also modus ponens, sld resolution.

3. address resolution.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Degree of molecular detail on a physical map of DNA, ranging from low to high.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The formal adoption of a motion.
Video Dictionary
 Definition: A measure of the ability to reproduce detail. Generally, referred to as horizontal resolution and evaluated by establishing the number of horizontal lines which are clearly discernible on a test pattern. Resolution specifications are not very well standardized, especially as stated in connection with monitors. Using the rule of thumb of 80 lines per MHz of bandwidth, VHS and 8mm typically achieves 240 lines of resolution, S-VHS and Hi-8 achieve 400, broadcast achieves 330.
 Definition: Degree of molecular detail on a physical map of DNA, ranging from low to high.