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.
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Origin of resolving power
First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for resolving power
Also called: resolution physics
- the ability of a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument to produce separate images of closely placed objects
- 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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Medicine definitions for resolving power
[ rĭ-zŏl′vĭng ]
The ability of a lens to distinguish small objects in close proximity.
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