ETYM French résolution. Latin resolutio a loosening, solution. Related to Resolve.
The smallest signal increment that can be detected by a measurement system, expressed in bits, proportions, or as percentage of full scale reading; resolution in a video system is the amount of detail in a graphic image.
1. A solution to a problem; SYN. solving.
2. The process leading to the solution to a problem; SYN. solving.
3. Analysis into clear-cut components; SYN. resolving.
4. A formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote; SYN. declaration, resolve.
5. A dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord.
6. (Computer science) The number of pixels per square inch on a computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the better the picture.
In computing, the number of dots per unit length in which an image can be reproduced on a screen or printer. A typical screen resolution for color monitors is 75 dpi (dots per inch). A laser printer will typically have a printing resolution of 300 dpi, and dot matrix printers typically have resolutions from 60 dpi to 180 dpi. Photographs in books and magazines have a resolution of 1,200 dpi or 2,400 dpi.
1. The fineness of detail attained by a printer or a monitor in producing an image. For printers that form characters from small, closely spaced dots, resolution is measured in dots per inch, or dpi, and ranges from about 125 dpi for low-quality dot-matrix printers to about 600 dpi for some laser and ink-jet printers (typesetting equipment can print at resolutions of over 1000 dpi). For a video display, the number of pixels is determined by the graphics mode and video adapter, but the size of the display depends on the size and adjustment of the monitor; hence the resolution of a video display is taken as the total number of pixels displayed horizontally and vertically. See also high resolution, low resolution.
2. The process of translation between a domain name address and an IP address. See also DNS, IP address.
In music, a progression from a dissonant harmony to a less dissonant or consonant harmony. For example, in an appoggiatura (a form of melodic ornament), the dissonant melodic note resolves by moving a step lower, thus creating a consonant harmony. Resolving dissonance by moving a step lower is the traditional method. During the 19th century composers used other kinds of resolution more frequently than before, such as moving a step higher or sometimes incorporating a leap. Composers of the 20th century often do not resolve dissonance at all.