de·​tail·​ing | \ ˈdē-ˌtāl-iŋ How to pronounce detailing (audio) \

Definition of detailing

: the act or process of meticulously cleaning and refurbishing an automobile

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Every ceiling also features exquisite architectural detailing. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Spectacular Italian-style Eagle Ridge estate," 11 June 2019 The gorgeous dress features a high neck, ruched sleeves, and beautiful floral embellishments, plus button detailing and a slim belt at the waist. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Pippa Middleton Looked Stunning in This Kate Spade Dress at Lady Gabriella's Royal Wedding," 18 May 2019 The dramatic architecture—its enormous scale, meticulous detailing, sober materials—is tailor-made to evoke transcendence and closeness to a higher power. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 In total, the portion of the castle for sale includes 15 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and 10 receptions rooms replete with original detailing (but no heat or A/C). Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Own a piece Game of Thrones for $650K," 3 Aug. 2018 The figure-fitting look, by Alexander Wang, featured a plunging keyhole neckline, floral detailing, and velvety drapery around the hips to function like a wrap skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wore a Sheer Lace Bodysuit by Alexander Wang to John Legend's Party," 14 Jan. 2019 The beautiful detailing may be a subtle nod to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who wore a navy long sleeve dress with a similar back to the 1985 premiere of Santa Claus: The Movie. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channels Princess Diana In a Lace, Button-Up Gown," 9 Nov. 2018 The fun choice of hair was a perfect compliment to the intricate detailing of her outfit. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Matched Her Blue Dress to Her Manicure, Pedicure, and Eyeshadow," 11 Oct. 2018 Hers is a narrow short-sleeved style covered in silver sequins with studded leather detailing. Vogue, "Met Gala 2018 Live Blog: Katy Perry Walks the Red Carpet in Six-Foot Wings," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of detailing

1970, in the meaning defined above

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to take the place or position of

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