Is there a verb for discerning the boundaries of distinct entities that are constituents of a seemingly amorphous whole? "Gaining resolution" is the closest phrase I can think of, but that's a metaphor where I want to be explicit.
Example of sentence structure in use case:
- Zooming in on the image ____ its contents.
- The professor demystified (???) Newtonian physics.
- Putting on his glasses will discriminate (???) Bob's vision of the forest.
I want to express the idea that a seemingly amorphous entity has had its contents revealed sophisticated and articulate.
The two verbs I know of that could be potential candidates, "discern" and "discriminate", feel awkward. They're usually used in the structure of "discriminate between X and Y" or "discern between X and Y".
To say that "putting on glasses discriminated his vision" feels wrong, and I'm not sure anyone will even understand me if I use that strange wording.
Could there be a better word? Or should I stick with "discriminate"?