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Resolution may refer to:

resolution n 1: a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote [syn: {declaration}, {resolve}] 2: the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together [syn: {resolving power}] 3: the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work" [syn: {resoluteness}, {firmness}, {resolve}] [ant: {irresoluteness}] 4: finding a solution to a problem [syn: {solving}] 5: 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"; "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure" [syn: {settlement}, {closure}] 6: analysis into clear-cut components [syn: {resolving}] 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 others signs of inflammation (especially in a lung) 9: (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord [ant: {preparation}] 10: 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" [syn: {solution}, {answer}, {result}, {solvent}] 11: a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; "he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions"

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Resolution \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. [1913 Webster] The unraveling and resolution of the difficulties that are met with in the execution of the design are the end of an action. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being relaxed; relaxation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined; firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination. [1913 Webster] Be it with resolution then to fight. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. The state of being resolved or firm in opinion or thought; conviction; assurance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Little resolution and certainty there is as touching the islands of Mauritania. --Holland. [1913 Webster] 6. (Math.) The act or process of solving; solution; as, the resolution of an equation or problem. [1913 Webster] 7. (Med.) A breaking up, disappearance; or termination, as of a fever, a tumor, or the like. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mus.) The passing of a dissonant into a consonant chord by the rising or falling of the note which makes the discord. [1913 Webster] 9. (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. [PJC] 10. (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}. [PJC] {Joint resolution}. See under {Joint}, a. {Resolution of a force} or {Resolution of a 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Decision; analysis; separation; disentanglement; dissolution; resolvedness; resoluteness; firmness; constancy; perseverance; steadfastness; fortitude; boldness; purpose; resolve. See {Decision}. [1913 Webster]

resolution 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)) AND man(socrates) Distributing the AND over the OR gives ((NOT man(socrates)) AND man(socrates)) OR 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}. (1996-02-09)


In chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture composed of only one phase. In such a mixture, a solute is a substance dissolved in another substance, known as a solvent.

solution n 1: a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution; "he used a solution of peroxide and water" 2: 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" [syn: {answer}, {result}, {resolution}, {solvent}] 3: a method for solving a problem; "the easy solution is to look it up in the handbook" 4: the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation [syn: {root}] 5: the successful action of solving a problem; "the solution took three hours"

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Solution \So*lu"tion\ (s[-o]*l[=u]"sh[u^]n), n. [OE. solucion, OF. solucion, F. solution, fr. L. solutio, fr. solvere, solutum, to loosen, dissolve. See {Solve}.] 1. The act of separating the parts of any body, or the condition of undergoing a separation of parts; disruption; breach. [1913 Webster] In all bodies there is an appetite of union and evitation of solution of continuity. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of solving, or the state of being solved; the disentanglement of any intricate problem or difficult question; explanation; clearing up; -- used especially in mathematics, either of the process of solving an equation or problem, or the result of the process. [1913 Webster] 3. The state of being dissolved or disintegrated; resolution; disintegration. [1913 Webster] It is unquestionably an enterprise of more promise to assail the nations in their hour of faintness and solution, than at a time when magnificent and seductive systems of worship were at their height of energy and splendor. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 4. (Chem.Phys.) The act or process by which a body (whether solid, liquid, or gaseous) is absorbed into a liquid, and, remaining or becoming fluid, is diffused throughout the solvent; also, the product resulting from such absorption. [1913 Webster] Note: When a solvent will not take in any more of a substance the solution is said to be saturated. Solution is of two kinds; viz.: (a) {Mechanical solution}, in which no marked chemical change takes place, and in which, in the case of solids, the dissolved body can be regained by evaporation, as in the solution of salt or sugar in water. (b) {Chemical solution}, in which there is involved a decided chemical change, as when limestone or zinc undergoes solution in hydrochloric acid. {Mechanical solution} is regarded as a form of molecular or atomic attraction, and is probably occasioned by the formation of certain very weak and unstable compounds which are easily dissociated and pass into new and similar compounds. [1913 Webster] Note: This word is not used in chemistry or mineralogy for fusion, or the melting of bodies by the heat of fire. [1913 Webster] 5. Release; deliverance; discharge. [Obs.] --Barrow. [1913 Webster] 6. (Med.) (a) The termination of a disease; resolution. (b) A crisis. (c) A liquid medicine or preparation (usually aqueous) in which the solid ingredients are wholly soluble. --U. S. Disp. [1913 Webster] {Fehling's solution} (Chem.), a standardized solution of cupric hydrate in sodium potassium tartrate, used as a means of determining the reducing power of certain sugars and sirups by the amount of red cuprous oxide thrown down. {Heavy solution} (Min.), a liquid of high density, as a solution of mercuric iodide in potassium iodide (called the {Sonstadt solution} or {Thoulet solution}) having a maximum specific gravity of 3.2, or of borotungstate of cadium ({Klein solution}, specific gravity 3.6), and the like. Such solutions are much used in determining the specific gravities of minerals, and in separating them when mechanically mixed as in a pulverized rock. {Nessler's solution}. See {Nesslerize}. {Solution of continuity}, the separation of connection, or of connected substances or parts; -- applied, in surgery, to a fracture, laceration, or the like. ``As in the natural body a wound, or solution of continuity, is worse than a corrupt humor, so in the spiritual.'' --Bacon. {Standardized solution} (Chem.), a solution which is used as a reagent, and is of a known and standard strength; specifically, a normal solution, containing in each cubic centimeter as many milligrams of the element in question as the number representing its atomic weight; thus, a normal solution of silver nitrate would contain 107.7 mgr. of silver in each cubic centimeter. [1913 Webster]

solution A {marketroid} term for something he wants to sell you without bothering you with the often dizzying distinctions between {hardware}, {software}, {services}, {applications}, {file formats}, companies, brand names and {operating systems}. "{Flash} is a perfect image-streaming solution." "What is it?" "Um... about a thousand dollars." See also: {technology}. (1998-07-07)

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  • solution: WordNet (r) 2.0
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