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.
resolution res·o·lu·tion (rěz'ə-lōō'shən)
The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.
The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts.
The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.