detail

noun
de·​tail | \ di-ˈtāl How to pronounce detail (audio) , ˈdē-ˌtāl How to pronounce detail (audio) \

Definition of detail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extended treatment of or attention to particular items explaining without going into detail giving careful attention to detail
2 : a part of a whole: such as
a : a small and subordinate part : particular planned the wedding down to the smallest detail 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 discussing the details of the building's columns
c : the small elements that collectively constitute a work of art admire the great detail of his work
d photography : the small elements of an image corresponding to those of the subject strong lighting to achieve clarity of detail
3a : selection of a person or group for a particular task (as in military service)
b(1) : the person or group selected a member of a security detail police details at the parade
(2) : the task to be performed were assigned to kitchen detail
in detail
: with all the particulars explained the job in detail

detail

verb
detailed; detailing; details

Definition of detail (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to report minutely and distinctly : to report with close attention to small elements : specify detailed their grievances wrote a letter detailing her vacation
2 : to assign to a particular task was detailed to another unit during maneuvers
3 : to furnish with the smaller elements of design and finish trimmings that detail slips and petticoats
4 : to clean and refurbish (a vehicle) very thoroughly and meticulously detail a car

intransitive verb

: to make detail drawings

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Verb

detailer noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated. every item on the list detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process. leave the details to others particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item. a description that included few particulars

Examples of detail in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clients can contact me for access to the underlying data to study the results in more detail. David Trainer, Forbes, 8 June 2021 In one room, guests can find work by Orlando’s Cornell, who paints quiet scenes in photorealistic detail, and local photographer Lauren Mitchell, who explores uniquely Floridian scenes of the Space Coast and touristy kitsch. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 7 June 2021 There is a fact sheet in that book that explains these rules in much more detail. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 6 June 2021 The orbiting mission, called VERITAS, will map Venus’s surface in fine detail and investigate whether the planet has active volcanoes and shifting plate tectonics like Earth. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 3 June 2021 Here are more key details from Amazon’s product listing: High-quality 2K camera records video in stunning detail and also captures crystal clear still photos. Maren Estrada, BGR, 3 June 2021 The period is depicted in rich detail by actors who seem to belong to Jenkins’ dark, fiery world, one that looks more like Hades than the American South. Susan X Jane, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2021 Pratt found his opening in another detail from the Tokyo Round. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 1 June 2021 The experience is common, but rarely depicted on television in such detail — much less with a single lesbian at the forefront. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Carnival Cruise Line has received the OK to sail from Port Canaveral and PortMiami but has yet to detail specific plans, which are expected this week. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 8 June 2021 The central bank plans to publish aggregated results of the climate test by May, but won’t detail results for individual institutions. Simon Clark, WSJ, 8 June 2021 But the administration has yet to detail what its third-way effort to try to prod the North to abandon its nuclear program will look like. Aamer Madhani, ajc, 21 May 2021 But the administration has yet to detail what its third-way effort to try to prod the North to abandon its nuclear program will look like. Aamer Madhani, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 But the administration has yet to detail what its third-way effort to try to prod the North to abandon its nuclear program will look like. Aamer Madhani And Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, 21 May 2021 Less than two weeks before municipal employees are set to return, some agencies have yet to fully detail in-office protocols or share new staggered schedules with their workers. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 23 Apr. 2021 The affidavit does not detail Brown's relationship to Cash's family or offer any explanation for Brown taking the child. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 25 May 2021 The report does not detail further checks between that time and 12:36 p.m., when her body was found. Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of detail

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1650, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for detail

Noun and Verb

French détail, from Old French detail slice, piece, from detaillier to cut in pieces, from de- + taillier to cut — more at tailor

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11 Jun 2021

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“Detail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detail. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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detail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of detail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small part of something
: the small parts of something
: a particular fact or piece of information about something or someone

detail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of detail (Entry 2 of 2)

: to state particular facts or information about (something) : to describe or discuss the details of (something)
US : to thoroughly clean (a car) in an attempt to make it look new
formal : to choose (a person or group of people) to do a special job

detail

noun
de·​tail | \ di-ˈtāl How to pronounce detail (audio) , ˈdē-ˌtāl \

Kids Definition of detail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dealing with something with attention to each item The news story went into detail.
2 : a small part of something larger : item Every detail of the wedding was perfect.
3 : a soldier or group of soldiers picked for special duty

detail

verb
detailed; detailing

Kids Definition of detail (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to report with attention to each item The book detailed the events.
2 : to select for some special duty

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