NYResI don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions.  Every day I try to be a better person although there are days I fail miserably.  In my pursuit of improving my looks, I have never been able to stick to a diet or an exercise program long enough and at the end of each effort I add on an extra ten pounds.  Those pounds have accumulated through the years.  I have accepted this and at this point the aging factor is working against any hope of attractiveness I may have entertained.  But this year I decided to give this resolution matter renewed attention.  To this effect I looked up the meaning of the word and have resolved to spend 2014 trying to understand its various meanings and in the process increase my vocabulary by figuring out what the heck some of the words used in these definitions mean.

res·o·lu·tion (noun)

1 :  the act or process of resolving: as

a :  the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones

b :  the act of answering :  solving

c :  the act of determining

d :  the passing of a voice part from a dissonant to a consonant tone or the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance

e :  the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents

f (1) :  the division of a prosodic element into its component parts (2) :  the substitution in Greek or Latin prosody of two short syllables for a long syllable

g :  the analysis of a vector into two or more vectors of which it is the sum


2:  the subsidence of a pathological state (as inflammation)


3a :  something that is resolved <made a resolution to mend my ways>

b :  firmness of resolve


4:  a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group


5:  the point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out


6a :  the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light

b :  a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (as a video display, printer, or scanner) can produce or record such an image usually expressed as the total number or density of pixels in the image <a resolution of 1200 dots per inch>