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a council resolution (=decision)
▪ Council resolutions need a two thirds majority.
a peaceful solution/resolution/settlement
▪ The authorities want a peaceful solution to the hostage crisis.
conflict resolution (=finding a way to end a conflict)
▪ The children are learning methods of conflict resolution to use on the playground.
made...New Year resolutions
▪ I haven’t made any New Year resolutions – I never stick to them anyway.
New Year resolution
▪ I haven’t made any New Year resolutions – I never stick to them anyway.
passed a resolution
▪ The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution asking the two countries to resume peace negotiations.
propose a motion/amendment/resolution etc
▪ The resolution was proposed by the chairman of the International Committee.
▪ Such idealism is not the only reason why methods of alternative dispute resolution are supported.
▪ An emphasis on mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
▪ The final resolution will depend on the majority party group of members and the full council.
▪ I will have another go, at higher resolution.
▪ And if we switch to really high resolution, the icon is only 3 / 10 of an inch wide.
▪ Many companies used to eliminate important features such as high resolution graphics or soundboard support.
▪ Samples were counted in a high resolution bulk sample counter as previously described.
▪ Others recalled the role that emission spectroscopy without this high time resolution can have in uncovering photodissociation.
▪ Also its high resolution colour display means that the reader can use computer graphics to enhance articles or illustrations within the publication.
▪ It offers high resolution data acquisition for well analysis, using both memory and real time data collection.
▪ With its lower resolution, television proved an easier first target for electronic special effects.
▪ Derived from satellite imagery at comparatively low resolution, predicted yields for different crops in different nation states become of commercial value.
▪ The problem is that the vast majority of stand alone fax machines are set up to send faxes in low resolution.
▪ Some computer systems use raster graphics which generally have a lower resolution than the more expensive vector graphics.
▪ At high resolution these result in fine structure; at lower resolution, various characteristic band envelopes may be observed.
▪ This results in a much lower resolution.
▪ In most circumstances you are better off using a lower resolution and clearer text.
▪ Such measurements distinguish temporal events from spatial structure, but suffer from lower resolution.
▪ After the annual over-indulgence your New Year resolutions will probably include healthy eating.
▪ There was a new glow of resolution in her eyes, and he feared she was about to deny everything.
▪ Thursday Mum's made her usual New Year resolution - to lose weight.
▪ With the New Year legislation, many drivers have have been making a New Year resolution to steer clear of trouble.
▪ For once I was determined to meet the requirements of a New Year's resolution.
▪ Have you got a New Year's resolution?
▪ On Oct. 9, demonstrators responded by calling for the resignation of Crimea's authorities and cancellation of the new resolution.
▪ Sometimes, it is permitted to override the borrowing limits with the sanction of an ordinary resolution.
▪ There is no satisfactory resolution of this problem, either conceptually or empirically.
▪ The only satisfactory resolution is to plan future visits in order to complete a thorough sampling.
▪ The Computer Group will be responsible for satisfactory resolution of the problem.
▪ Central-local affairs After much experiment we still have no satisfactory resolution of our local government problem.
▪ Often the mere fact that the trade union member has approached the Commissioner will lead to the satisfactory resolution of the problem.
▪ Disapplication requires a special resolution, ie a 75% majority, which the minority shareholder referred to could not block.
▪ The elective resolution procedure does not apply to the pre-emptive rights since a special resolution procedure is available to change the articles.
▪ If not, they should be altered by special resolution prior to the matter being brought before the court.
▪ The powers of the Non-Executive Committee can only be varied by a special resolution of the Company in general meeting.
▪ The directors had been advised that a special resolution was necessary to permit the transaction.
▪ On Thursday delegates approved a resolution calling for a two-year ban on dumping radioactive wastes in the sea.
▪ The money will be used to develop the work of the department in the field of conflict resolution and mediation.
▪ Airlines do train flight attendants in how to spot trouble in advance, and in conflict resolution.
▪ In such a case, some form of conflict resolution must be adopted to arrive at a solution.
▪ These include classes on parenting, self-esteem, conflict resolution and prep courses for the general education diploma exam.
▪ Since the Sherif study several researchers have followed up with studies of conflict resolution between groups.
▪ Experts said parents can ask schools to offer conflict resolution courses or peer mediation programs.
▪ The process of choosing a best rule is called conflict resolution.
▪ Subjects within international relations include war, interstate conflict resolution, international law, regional alliances, colonialism, and international organizations.
▪ It has increasingly been used for technical as well as valuation issues, and for dispute resolution.
▪ The haulier should be aware of the basic advantages of this form of commercial dispute resolution.
▪ Arbitration is written into the standard form contracts as the form of dispute resolution to be used.
▪ Is the dispute resolution procedure invoked? 3 Who can invoke the dispute resolution procedure and how?
▪ Or would its growth simply cut lawyers out of dispute resolution?
▪ After the annual over-indulgence your New Year resolutions will probably include healthy eating.
▪ Thursday Mum's made her usual New Year resolution - to lose weight.
▪ With the New Year legislation, many drivers have have been making a New Year resolution to steer clear of trouble.
▪ Here are 10 New Year resolutions to get you in the mood. 1.
▪ Keep up with those New Year resolutions!
▪ That convention needed a consensus, while the London Dumping Convention adopts its resolutions by a two-thirds majority.
▪ Congress, accordingly, adopted a resolution favoring the Montagu-Chelmsford reforms.
▪ Prior to Gorbachev's re-election, the congress had adopted a resolution approving his report of July 2.
▪ A year later the National Labour Women's Conference adopted a similar resolution.
▪ All the voting members must approve of such a resolution.
▪ Already 49 of the 50 states have approved resolutions calling on Congress to approve the amendment.
▪ The conference also approved resolutions to cut class sizes and protect teachers from undue stress.
▪ Governing bodies in Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley approved resolutions urging the company to adopt ecologically sound procurement policies.
▪ On Thursday delegates approved a resolution calling for a two-year ban on dumping radioactive wastes in the sea.
▪ The anti-Yeltsin Duma approved a resolution in mid-March calling for restoration of the Soviet Union.
▪ I understand that the Government propose to introduce shortly a money resolution in association with the Bill.
▪ Supervisors sound off Yee plans to introduce just such a resolution at the Board of Supervisors, which would endorse Prop.
▪ But Hoyer said Armey told him he had changed his mind just before Gephardt rose to introduce the resolution.
▪ Y., this week introduced a resolution to prohibit the use of federal funds for educational programs based on its use.
▪ Louis, Missouri, introduced a resolution which requested a committee investigation based on the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.
▪ Lawrence Sherman of Illinois introduced a similar resolution in the Senate.
▪ Following a debate on Nov. 23 it passed a resolution giving Gorbachev two weeks to produce detailed plans.
▪ Despite the southern opposition, both houses passed the resolution.
▪ In the week leading up to the anniversary pro-US legislators made plans to pass a Diet resolution expressing regret for the action.
▪ The House passed the resolution by 409 to 3, while it went through the Senate by 8-to 3.
▪ Parliament would have unlimited access to the funds, but would have to pass specific resolutions to appropriate money.
▪ Then in 1758 the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting passed a surprising resolution to exclude slave buyers and sellers.
▪ In such cases the company's directors pass a resolution that the company be wound up.
▪ It also passed an emergency resolution opposing federal anti-affirmative action legislation.
▪ Is is worth the trouble of allowing members to propose resolutions?
▪ A proposed resolution to oppose voucher plans and charter schools provoked a spirited debate on the convention floor.
▪ The Committee adopted by voice vote an amendment offered by Senator Helms to the proposed resolution of ratification.
▪ Disapplication requires a special resolution, ie a 75% majority, which the minority shareholder referred to could not block.
▪ Axworthy pointed to other contentious issues between the two neighbors that require resolution.
▪ A particular problem requiring resolution concerns the status given to scientific names for plants and animals.
▪ Some problems are typically ill defined in the early stages and then require refining during their resolution.
▪ The Companies' Registry will also require a resolution completed by both the mortgagee and the mortgagor.
▪ Mr. Hurd Britain supported Security Council resolution 716, which endorsed the aim of an international meeting.
▪ They were unwilling to support the resolution which gave the president the military responsibility to enforce the act.
▪ He later led seven moderates in supporting a resolution of impeachment against Nixon.
▪ A number of allies of the Communists expressed reluctance to support the resolution.
▪ A principal right of a member is the right to vote on company resolutions.
▪ Grijalva and Bronson voted for the resolution.
▪ Most significantly, the United States voted against the resolution.
▪ Many other companies intend to vote on the Taurus resolutions at their 1992 agms.
joint resolution
▪ a high resolution microscope
▪ The UN passed a Human Rights resolution by a vote of 130-2.
▪ At time he was able to feel and convey the immediate resolution of the various tensions and contradictions of his life.
▪ Moreover, there had been six votes against the resolution and thirteen abstentions.
▪ Republican leaders had hoped for a resolution of the ethics case before the new Congress convened.
▪ The Administration proposed and the Senate approved a similar understanding in its resolution of ratification of the Convention against Torture.
▪ This distinction becomes clearer when one sees that it is mainly the industrial applications which have developed into dispute resolution.
▪ With its lower resolution, television proved an easier first target for electronic special effects.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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:

    1. The act of separating a compound into its elements or component parts.

    2. 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.

  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.

  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 discord.

  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.

  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.

    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.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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" (compare resolute). Sense of "decision or expression of a meeting" is from c.1600. Meaning "effect of an optical instrument" is from 1860. New Year's resolutions in reference to a specific intention to better oneself is at least from 1780s, and through 19c. generally of a pious nature.


n. 1 A strong will, determination. 2 The state of being resolute. 3 A statement of intent, a vow 4 The act of discerning detail.

  1. n. 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"


Resolution may refer to:

Resolution (music)

Resolution in western tonal music theory is the move of a note or chord from dissonance (an unstable sound) to a consonance (a more final or stable sounding one).

Dissonance, resolution, and suspense can be used to create musical interest. Where a melody or chordal pattern is expected to resolve to a certain note or chord, a different but similarly suitable note can be resolved to instead, creating an interesting and unexpected sound. For example, the deceptive cadence.

Resolution (law)

In law, resolution is a written motion adopted by a deliberative body. The substance of the resolution can be anything that can normally be proposed as a motion. For long or important motions, though, it is often better to have them written out so that discussion is easier or so that it can be distributed outside the body after its adoption. An alternate term for a resolution is a resolve.

Resolutions are commonly used in corporations and houses of legislature.

Resolution (38 Special album)

Resolution is the tenth studio album by southern rock band 38 Special, released in 1997. It was their first album since Bone Against Steel in 1991 before reforming in 1996.

Resolution (logic)

In mathematical logic and automated theorem proving, resolution is a rule of inference leading to a refutation theorem-proving technique for sentences in propositional logic and first-order logic. In other words, iteratively applying the resolution rule in a suitable way allows for telling whether a propositional formula is satisfiable and for proving that a first-order formula is unsatisfiable. Attempting to prove a satisfiable first-order formula as unsatisfiable may result in a nonterminating computation; this problem doesn't occur in propositional logic.

The resolution rule can be traced back to Davis and Putnam (1960); however, their algorithm required to try all ground instances of the given formula. This source of combinatorial explosion was eliminated in 1965 by John Alan Robinson's syntactical unification algorithm, which allowed one to instantiate the formula during the proof "on demand" just as far as needed to keep refutation completeness.

The clause produced by a resolution rule is sometimes called a resolvent.

Resolution (debate)

In general, a resolution in the context of debate by an assembly is a formulation of a determination, expression of opinion, etc., submitted to an assembly or meeting for consideration. A proposal is put to the meeting, debated, and a resolution adopted.

In policy debate, a form of formal speech competition, a resolution or topic is a normative statement which the affirmative team affirms and the negative team negates. Resolutions are selected annually by affiliated schools.

At the college level, a number of topics are proposed and interested parties write 'topic papers' discussing the pros and cons of that individual topic. Each school then gets one vote on the topic. The single topic area voted on then has a number of proposed topic wordings, one is chosen, and it is debated by affiliated students nationally for the entire season.

The United States' high school policy debate topic is selected annually under the auspices of the National Federation of State High School Association's Speech, Debate, and Theater Association. The topic process calls for two rounds of voting, the first narrowing down five initial choices to two, and the second selecting the final resolution. In each round, each state has a vote, the National Speech and Debate Association, formerly called the "National Forensic League," has a vote, the National Catholic Forensic League, and the National Debate Coach's Association has a vote. Each state's activities association has its own process for determining the state's vote.

Resolution (song)

"Resolution" is a song by American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey, released as the third and final single from his second solo album What's Left of Me in 2006. An exclusive EP of the song, titled Resolution (Full Band Mix) - EP, was released on iTunes on February 20, 2007. The single went for adds at mainstream radio in January 2007. The song was not released as a full single because Lachey at the time was working on his third studio album (he later released A Father's Lullaby and re-formed 98 Degrees), and as a result the song only peaked #77 on the Billboard Pop 100 and failed to match up to the success of " What's Left of Me". The original version of "Resolution" that appears on What's Left of Me was recorded as a demo, on the day it was written. Jive loved it so much, they insisted on it being the final version on the record.

Resolution (Andy Timmons album)

Resolution is a 2006 album by instrumental rock solo artist Andy Timmons.

Resolution (Hidden in Plain View album)

Resolution is Hidden in Plain View's second full-length album, released on July 24, 2007 through Drive-Thru Records. This album was released after the band had already broken up.

The album was produced by Brian Mcternan.

Resolution (BoDeans album)

Resolution is the BoDeans' 7th full-length studio album. It was released on June 22, 2004 and was the first album of new material from the band in 8 years.

Resolution (electron density)

Resolution in terms of electron density is a measure of the resolvability in the electron density map of a molecule. In X-ray crystallography, resolution is the highest resolvable peak in the diffraction pattern, while resolution in cryo-electron microscopy is a frequency space comparison of two halves of the data, which strives to correlate with the X-ray definition.

Resolution (mass spectrometry)

In mass spectrometry, resolution measures of the ability to distinguish two peaks of slightly different mass-to-charge ratios ΔM, in a mass spectrum.

Resolution (novel)

Resolution is a 2008 Western novel by Robert B. Parker. It is a sequel to the 2005 novel, Appaloosa. It was followed in 2009 by Brimstone.

Resolution (Hamiet Bluiett album)

Resolution is an album by American jazz saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett recorded in 1977 for the Italian Black Saint label.

Resolution (Lamb of God album)

Resolution is the sixth studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God. It is available on a single disc CD or a two-disc deluxe edition.

Resolution (meter)

Resolution is the metrical phenomenon in classical poetry of replacing a longum with two brevia. It is generally found in Greek lyric poetry and in Greek and Roman drama, most frequently in comedy.

It should not be confused with a biceps, which is a point in a meter which can equally be two shorts or a long, as is found in the dactylic hexameter. The biceps is freely able to be two shorts or a long, while resolution, particularly in tragedy, can only occur within very restricted situations. Two resolved longa in the same line is very unusual, for instance, while a biceps that is two shorts can freely be followed by another biceps that is two shorts. Also, two shorts that resolve into a long are almost always within the same word-unit.

One example from iambic trimeter:

u - u - u u u u - - - u - (Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 41)

Marking metra with | and using "uu" to mark the resolution, we can take this as:

u - u - | u uu u - | - - u -

Note that the resolved pair is the word ὄνομ', so the resolution stays within the same word-unit.

Resolution (algebra)

In mathematics, and more specifically in homological algebra, a resolution (or left resolution; dually a coresolution or right resolution) is an exact sequence of modules (or, more generally, of objects of an abelian category), which is used to define invariants characterizing the structure of a specific module or object of this category. When, as usually, arrows are oriented to the right, the sequence is supposed to be infinite to the left for (left) resolutions, and to the right for right resolutions. However, a finite resolution is one where only finitely many of the objects in the sequence are non-zero; it is usually represented by a finite exact sequence in which the leftmost object (for resolutions) or the rightmost object (for coresolutions) is the zero-object.

Generally, the objects in the sequence are restricted to have some property P (for example to be free). Thus one speaks of a P resolution. In particular, every module has free resolutions, projective resolutions and flat resolutions, which are left resolutions consisting, respectively of free modules, projective modules or flat modules. Similarly every module has injective resolutions, which are right resolutions consisting of injective modules.

Resolution (beam engine)

Resolution was an early beam engine, installed between 1781–1782 at Coalbrookdale as a water-returning engine to power the blast furnaces and ironworks there. It was one of the last water-returning engines to be constructed, before the rotative beam engine made this type of engine obsolete.

Resolution (Matt Corby song)

"Resolution" is the first single released from Australian singer Matt Corby's Resolution (EP) and his forthcoming debut studio album. The song was released on 23 May 2013 by Universal Music Australia. "Resolution" peaked at number 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 2× Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 140,000 copies.

Resolution (film)

Resolution is a 2012 American horror thriller film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, written by Benson, and starring Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran. Cilella plays a professional from the city who goes back to his hometown to save his junkie friend, played by Curran.

Resolution (talent agency)

Resolution is a talent and literary agency with headquarters in Los Angeles, California. It was formed by Jeff Berg, the former chairman of ICM Partners. Resolution represents artists including Lindsey Lohan, Roman Polanksi, Molly Ringwald, David Duchovny, Gina Gershon, and Haley Joel Osmont. As of 2014 it was one of the ten largest agencies in the United States.

Resolution (Andy Pratt album)

Resolution is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Andy Pratt, released in 1976 by Nemperor, and distributed by Atlantic. It was Pratt's first album of entirely new music since his second Andy Pratt in 1973. The album was produced by Bee Gees producer Arif Mardin, who was recruited for a more commercial approach.

On release, Pratt received a positive critical reception, it is also his best selling album, but had only modest commercial success.

Usage examples of "resolution".

Sir Robert Peel opposed the motion, and moved a series of resolutions, declaring it advisable to make such provision as should enable the crown to continue all such pensions as had existed at the accession of the late king, or had been granted by him during his reign.

May Sir George Grey proposed and carried a resolution which virtually rescinded that of Sir Eardley Wilmot, by declaring that, in the opinion of the house, it was not advisable to adopt any proceeding for the purpose of giving effect to the resolution of the 26th of that month.

Let us draw up a set of resolutions to stand together, for the defence of our homes, to death, if needs be, and each man present affix his signature thereto.

So that these meetings which the Judge has alluded to, and the resolutions he has read from, were local, and did not spread over the whole State.

TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES: In answer to the resolution of the Senate of the 19th instant requesting information concerning the quasi armistice alluded to in my message of the 4th instant, I transmit a report from the Secretary of the Navy.

In the very first one of these joint discussions between Senator Douglas and myself, Senator Douglas, without alluding at all to these platforms, or any one of them, of which I have spoken, attempted to hold me responsible for a set of resolutions passed long before the meeting of either one of these conventions of which I have spoken.

January, 1861, unless, forsooth, the resolutions appended hereto be so held.

May ensuing, in exposition of these resolutions, will be found in Appendix F.

The period for a new election of a citizen, to administer the executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed designating the person, who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprize you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.

The more she exerted herself to bend his resolution, and the more scope she gave to the unstudied expression of her artless sentiments, the more inextricably was the magician caught, and the more firm and inexorable was his purpose.

Roman consul asserting the majesty of the republic, and declaring his inflexible resolution to enforce the rigor of the laws.

He declared his resolution of asserting the justice of their cause, and of securing the peace of the provinces by the extirpation, or at least the banishment, of the Limigantes, whose manners were still infected with the vices of their servile origin.

Duke of Austria, and several other princes, announcing a resolution similar to that of Philip, and in no modified terms, assigning, for their defection from the cause of the Cross, the inordinate ambition and arbitrary domination of Richard of England.

The Baltimore convention passed a set of resolutions, among other things, approving these vetoes, and General Cass declares, in his letter accepting the nomination, that he has carefully read these resolutions, and that he adheres to them as firmly as he approves them cordially.

States, cordially concurring with the Congress of the United States, in the penitential and pious sentiments expressed in the aforesaid resolutions, and heartily approving of the devotional design and purpose thereof, do hereby appoint the first Thursday of August next to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of national humiliation and prayer.