Definition of resolving power in English:

Share this entry

resolving power

noun

[mass noun]
The ability of an optical instrument or type of film to separate or distinguish small or closely adjacent images.
Example sentences
  • The city's skyscrapers give the landscape a lumpy appearance, but the instrument's resolving power fails to distinguish individual buildings.
  • He did not need enormous magnification, but he did require considerable resolving power in order to make out the separate stars.
  • In other words, a telescope must have sufficient resolving power to distinguish individual Cepheids from all the other stars in the galaxy.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: re|solv¦ing power

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.