1de·tail noun \di-ˈtāl, ˈdē-ˌtāl\
: a small part of something
: the small parts of something
: a particular fact or piece of information about something or someone
: extended treatment of or attention to particular items
: a part of a whole: as
a : a small and subordinate part : particular; also : a reproduction of such a part of a work of art
b : a part considered or requiring to be considered separately from the whole
c : the small elements that collectively constitute a work of art
d : the small elements of a photographic image corresponding to those of the subject
a : selection of a person or group for a particular task (as in military service)
b (1) : the person or group selected (2) : the task to be performed
— in detail
: with all the particulars <explained the job in detail>
Examples of DETAIL
- Every detail of the wedding was carefully planned.
- They designed every detail of the house.
- the wooden box's fine carved detail
- We admired the detail of the artist's work.
- The job requires attention to detail.
- The article provides further details.
- You left out an important detail about their new baby: is it a girl or boy?
- The novel is full of historical details.
- The book includes a wealth of detail on living conditions aboard ships at that time.
- The novel is full of historical detail.
Origin of DETAIL
from Old French detail
slice, piece, from detaillier
to cut in pieces, from de-
to cut — more at tailor
First Known Use: 1603
Rhymes with DETAIL
, all hail
, bake sale
, bud scale
, chain mail
, fan mail
, fife rail
, fire sale
, fresh gale
, gapped scale
, gray scale
, junk mail
, mare's tail
, moon snail
, plate rail
, pot ale
, right whale
, sea kale
, slop pail
, snail mail
, soft hail
, split rail
, square sail
, strong gale
, tag sale
, third rail
, voice mail
, wage scale
, white sale
, white whale
, whole gale
, yard sale
: to state particular facts or information about (something) : to describe or discuss the details of (something)
: to thoroughly clean (a car) in an attempt to make it look new
: to choose (a person or group of people) to do a special job
: to report minutely and distinctly : specify <detailed their grievances>
: to assign to a particular task
: to furnish with the smaller elements of design and finish <trimmings that detail slips and petticoats>
: to clean and refurbish (a vehicle) very thoroughly and meticulously <detail a car>
: to make detail drawings
— de·tail·er noun
Examples of DETAIL
- The book details the series of events that led to the tragedy.
- She wrote a letter detailing her complaints.
- The Army has detailed him to investigate the complaints.
First Known Use of DETAIL
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