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resolution

[rez-uh-loo-shuh n] /ˌrɛz əˈlu ʃən/
noun
1.
a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
2.
a decision or determination; a resolve: to make a firm resolution to do something.
Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in life.
3.
the act determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.; the act of resolving.
4.
firmness of purpose; the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute:
She showed her resolution by not attending the meeting.
5.
the act or process of separating into constituent or elementary parts or resolving.
6.
the resulting state.
7.
Optics. the act, process, or capability of distinguishing between two separate but adjacent objects or sources of light or between two nearly equal wavelengths.
Compare resolving power.
8.
a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem, controversy, etc.
9.
Music.
  1. the progression of a voice part or of the harmony as a whole from a dissonance to a consonance.
  2. the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved.
10.
reduction to a simpler form; conversion.
11.
Medicine/Medical. the reduction or disappearance of a swelling or inflammation without suppuration.
12.
the degree of sharpness of a computer-generated image as measured by the number of dots per linear inch in a hard-copy printout or the number of pixels across and down on a display screen.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin resolūtiōn- (stem of resolūtiō), equivalent to resolūt(us) resolute + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonresolution, noun
preresolution, noun
Synonyms
4. resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity; strength, fortitude.
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  • The gentleman said that he should sink into insignificance if he dared not gainsay the principles of these resolutions.
British Dictionary definitions for resolutions

resolution

/ˌrɛzəˈluːʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of resolving
2.
the condition or quality of being resolute; firmness or determination
3.
something resolved or determined; decision
4.
a formal expression of opinion by a meeting, esp one agreed by a vote
5.
a judicial decision on some matter; verdict; judgment
6.
the act or process of separating something into its constituent parts or elements
7.
(med)
  1. return from a pathological to a normal condition
  2. subsidence of the symptoms of a disease, esp the disappearance of inflammation without the formation of pus
8.
(music) the process in harmony whereby a dissonant note or chord is followed by a consonant one
9.
the ability of a television or film image to reproduce fine detail
10.
(physics) another word for resolving power
Derived Forms
resolutioner, resolutionist, noun
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Word Origin and History for resolutions

resolution

n.

late 14c., "a breaking into parts," from Old French resolution (14c.) or directly from Latin resolutionem (nominative resolutio) "process of reducing things into simpler forms," from past participle stem of resolvere "loosen" (see resolve). Sense of "a solving" (as of mathematical problems) first recorded 1540s, as is that of "power of holding firmly" (cf. resolute). Sense of "decision or expression of a meeting" is from c.1600. Meaning "effect of an optical instrument" is from 1860.

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resolutions in Medicine

resolution res·o·lu·tion (rěz'ə-lōō'shən)
n.

  1. The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.

  2. The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts.

  3. The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.

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Encyclopedia Article for resolutions

resolution

in chemistry, any process by which a mixture called a racemate (q.v.) is separated into its two constituent enantiomorphs. (Enantiomorphs are pairs of substances that have dissymmetric arrangements of atoms and structures that are nonsuperposable mirror images of one another.) Two important methods of resolution were employed by Louis Pasteur. The first of these, known as the method of spontaneous resolution, can be used if the racemic substance crystallizes as a conglomerate composed of observably different particles of the two enantiomorphs, which can be physically sorted. Only a few instances of this condition have been reported; consequently, this method, although of historical and theoretical interest, seldom is applicable. Pasteur's second method, however, is of much greater practicality: it is based upon the conversion of the mixture of enantiomorphs into a mixture of diastereoisomers (optical isomers that are not mirror images of one another), which differ in physical properties and therefore can be separated. This transformation requires the use of a previously obtained optically active substance. For example, Pasteur showed in 1853 that, when racemic acid is mixed with a naturally occurring base, such as cinchonine, the resulting salt is a mixture of diastereoisomers and no longer one of enantiomorphs. The two salts present in the mixture, therefore, have different solubilities and so are separable

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