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detail

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noun de·tail \di-ˈtāl, ˈdē-ˌtāl\

Definition of detail

  1. 1 :  extended treatment of or attention to particular items explaining without going into detail giving careful attention to detail

  2. 2 :  a part of a whole: such asa :  a small and subordinate part planned the wedding down to the smallest detail :  particular; also :  a reproduction of such a part of a work of artb :  a part considered or requiring to be considered separately from the whole discussing the details of the building's columnsc :  the small elements that collectively constitute a work of art admire the great detail of his workd photography :  the small elements of an image corresponding to those of the subject strong lighting to achieve clarity of detail

  3. 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

  1. :  with all the particulars explained the job in detail

Examples of detail in a sentence

  1. Every detail of the wedding was carefully planned.

  2. They designed every detail of the house.

  3. the wooden box's fine carved detail

  4. We admired the detail of the artist's work.

  5. The job requires attention to detail.

  6. The article provides further details.

  7. You left out an important detail about their new baby: is it a girl or boy?

  8. The novel is full of historical details.

  9. The book includes a wealth of detail on living conditions aboard ships at that time.

  10. The novel is full of historical detail.

Origin and Etymology of detail

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


First Known Use: 1603

Synonym Discussion of detail

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.

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detail

verb de·tail

Definition of detail

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to report minutely and distinctly :  to report with close attention to small elements :  specify detailed their grievances wrote a letter detailing her vacation

  3. 2 :  to assign to a particular task was detailed to another unit during maneuvers

  4. 3 :  to furnish with the smaller elements of design and finish trimmings that detail slips and petticoats

  5. 4 :  to clean and refurbish (a vehicle) very thoroughly and meticulously detail a car

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to make detail drawings

detailer

noun

Examples of detail in a sentence

  1. The book details the series of events that led to the tragedy.

  2. She wrote a letter detailing her complaints.

  3. The Army has detailed him to investigate the complaints.

Origin and Etymology of detail

see 1detail


First Known Use: 1650



DETAIL Defined for English Language Learners

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detail

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noun de·tail \di-ˈtāl, ˈdē-ˌtāl\

Definition of detail for English Language Learners

  • : a small part of something

  • : the small parts of something

  • : a particular fact or piece of information about something or someone


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detail

verb de·tail

Definition of detail for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DETAIL Defined for Kids

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noun de·tail \di-ˈtāl, ˈdē-ˌtāl\

Definition of detail for Students

  1. 1 :  a dealing with something with attention to each item The news story went into detail.

  2. 2 :  a small part of something larger :  item Every detail of the wedding was perfect.

  3. 3 :  a soldier or group of soldiers picked for special duty


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detail

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verb de·tail

Definition of detail for Students

detailed

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detailing

  1. 1 :  to report with attention to each item The book detailed the events.

  2. 2 :  to select for some special duty



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