Notebook, 1993-


Flexibility / Resolve

For the purpose of Understanding, Interpretation . . . . For the purpose of Facility, Deliberation, Authority, Pace, Range, and Substantiation. . . . In Conclusion, Decision-making, Definition, Coordination, Fit, Determination. . . . For Confirmation of an Idea, Clarity of hue, of Emotion, Finish, Action, Course of Action, Conceptual Idea, Method, Procedure, Scale, Range. As applied to Contrast, Mobility, State, Solution, Brightness ratio or Tonal Value. In Explanation, Demonstration, Interpretation, Transformation, Progression, Reduction, Conversion, Synthesis, Formulation, Application/fit, Appropriateness, Affirmation, Substantiation, etc. etc.

Developments may proceed through personal appreciation of the arts and art works on a very general level . . . . or may proceed specific to a discipline [i.e., Oil Painting, Photography, Intaglio, etc.] or disciplines . . . . or may proceed with focus upon categories of visual arts experience [i.e., aims and objectives involved with visual elements and relationships] . . . . or may proceed specific to a Historic, Cultural, Practical, Theoretical, or Topical focus.

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Resolve 1. to fix or settle on by deliberate choice and will; determine [to do something]. 2. to separate into constituent or elementary parts; break up. 3. to reduce or convert by or as by breaking up or disintegration. 4. to convert or transform by any process (often used reflexively). 5. to reduce by mental analysis (often fol. by into). 6. to settle, determine, or state formally in a vote or resolution. 7. to deal with (a question, matter, etc.) conclusively; solve. 8. to clear away or dispel (doubts, fears, etc.). 9. Chem. to separate (a racemic mixture) into its optically active components. 10. Music. to cause (a voice part, etc.) to progress from a dissonance to a consonance. 11. Optics. to separate and make visible the individual parts of (an image); distinguish between. 12. Med. to cause (swellings, inflammation, etc.) to disappear without supporation. 13. to make up one's mind: determine. 14. to break up or disintegrate. 15. to be reduced or changed by breaking up or otherwise. 16. Music. to progress from a dissonance to a consonance. 17. a resolution or determination made, as to follow some course of action. 18. determination; firmness of purpose. [ME < L resolve(ere) (to) unfastion, loosen, release = re -RE + solvere to loosen; see solve] -Syn. 1. confirm. See decide. 2. analyze, reduce. 8. scatter, disperse. 17, 18. decision.

Solve 1. to find the answer or explanation for. 2. to work out the answer or solution to (a mathematical problem). [ME < L solvere to loosen, free, release, dissolve]

Resolution 1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group. Cf. concurrent resolution, joint resolution. 2. a resolve or determination. 3. the act of resolving or determining, as upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc. 4. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose. 5. the act or process of resolving or separating into constituent or elementary parts. 6. the resulting state. 7. a solution or explanation, as of a problem, controversy, etc. 8. Music. a. the progrression of a voice part or of the the harmony as a whole from a dissonance to a consonance. b. the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved. 9. reduction to a simpler form; conversion. [ME < L resolútion- (s. of resolútió) = resolút(us) RESOLUTE + -ión- -ION] -Syn. 4. resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity.

Resolute 1. firmly resolved or determined. 2. characterized by firmness and determination. [< L resolut(us), ptp. of resolvere to resolve] -Syn. 1. firm, steadfast, fixed. See earnest. 2. unwavering, undaunted.

Stable 1. not likely to overturn or collapse. 2. able or likely to continue or last; enduring or permanent. 3. resistant to sudden change or deterioration. 4. reliable and steady, as in character, emotions , or attitudes. 5. Physics. having the ability to react to a disturbing force by maintaining or reestablishing position, form, etc. 6. Chem. not readily decomposing, as a compound; resisting molecular or chemical change. [ME < OF (e)stable < L Sstabil(is) STABILE] -Syn. 1. fixed, strong, sturdy.

Stabilize 1. to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast. 2. to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quality. 3. to become stabilized.

Stability 1. the state or quality of being stable. 2. firmness in position. 3. continuance without change; permanence. 4. Chem. resistance or the degree of resistance to chemical change or disintegration. 5. resistance to change, esp. sudden change or deterioration. 6. reliable steadiness, as of character. 7. the ability of an object to maintain or restore its equilibrium when acted upon by forces tending to displace it. 8. a vow that binds a monk to reside for life in one monastery. [< L stabilitá- (s. of stabilitás): See Stabile, -ty; r. ME stablete < OF < L] -Syn 6. strength.

Stabile 1. fixed in position; stable. 2. a stationary, abstract sculpture that presents different forms as the viewer walks around it. Cf. mobile. [< L stabilis = Sta- (s. of stáre to stand) + -bilis -ble]

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House,1968.]



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