de·​tail·​ing | \ˈdē-ˌtāl-iŋ \

Definition of detailing 

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

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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 The shoe comes in two colorways: black with multicolored red, pink, and purple accents, and for the even more adventurous sneakerhead, bright turquoise with pink and purple detailing. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Nike ACG's New Hiking Sneakers Look Great—and Will Actually Get You Up a Mountain," 29 May 2018 My design process is really about the cut and construction of the clothing and then, that becomes the detailing of it. Tarah-lynn Saint-elien, Teen Vogue, "Zac Posen Talks Career Advice and Designing Uniforms for Delta," 12 June 2018 The research led to the detailing of Chinese burial practices: The caskets contained personal items like tobacco pipes, opium pipes, eyeglasses, and coins to be used in the afterlife, according to Chung. NBC News, "Remains exhumed from forgotten Chinese cemetery reburied after two decades," 4 July 2018 What people need to realize is that fashion from Africa is more than just a 'trend' derived from tribal or indigenous detailing — a wax print, or some Maasai beading. Georgia Murray,, "Where To Find The Coolest African Designers Online," 28 June 2018 This elegant detailing has the quality of old master paintings. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "Black and white photography master Dave Heath brings 'Solitude' to the Amon Carter," 20 June 2018 The nostalgia-heavy kicks feature a suede upper with black and red detailing as well as a Cactus Jack Records logo (Scott’s label) on the back heel. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Travis Scott’s Much-Anticipated Air Jordan Sneaker Is Finally Here," 5 June 2018 Unblemished aesthetics in perfect lighting—right next to the extensive detailing of the exact chemistry and maintenance required to achieve such natural beauty. Sulagna Misra, Vanities, "“Plant People Are Rarely Bullies”: The Leafy, Zen Corner of the Internet That Is Plant Instagram," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of detailing

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of detailing was in 1970

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