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resolving power

Optics. the ability of an optical device to produce separate images of close objects.
Photography. the degree to which a lens or photographic emulsion is able to define the details of an image.
Origin of resolving power
1875-80 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for resolving-power

resolving power

(physics) Also called resolution
  1. the ability of a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument to produce separate images of closely placed objects
  2. the ability of a spectrometer to separate two adjacent peaks in a spectrum
(photog) the ability of an emulsion to show up fine detail in an image
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resolving-power in Medicine

resolving power n.
The ability of a lens to distinguish small objects in close proximity.

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