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

Definition of detailing

: the act, process, or result of detailing something: such as
a : small design elements It's subtle, like detailing on an expensive suit.— Patricia Leigh Brown About a thousand people are crammed into the Cabaret Metro, a funky old theater with a balcony overlooking a ballroom floor and a grand stage trimmed with wedding-cake detailing.— Doug Simmons The unsophisticated nature of the detailing and construction indicates that these chairs were made by an untrained craftsman, but over-all they suggest an awareness of high style furniture.— Page Talbott
b : the reporting or recounting of details in describing something … a bit too much detailing of Strauss's marital relations…— Judith Crist The above is not a precise detailing of the Japanese consensus; public opinion varies widely,…— Paul Blustein Peccavi is billed as "a haven for the health-conscious gourmet," but I found the detailing of calories per dish and the abstemiousness of even the salads to be the sort of penance I'd rather not repeat.— Andy Birsh
c : the meticulous cleaning and refurbishing of an automobile While some owners prefer to clean their own vehicle, a complete auto detailing may be worth the cost, especially when done by professionals.— Doug Bonderud

Examples of detailing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The property has stained glass, gothic detailing and myriad wood and metal craftsmanship. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Koch Brothers Are Sitting on a Real Estate Empire Worth Hundreds of Millions," 23 Jan. 2020 According to Bachik's Instagram caption, this nail look was inspired by designer fashion brand Versace, evidenced by the gold-foil detailing and the signature chain-link patterns. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Wore Pierced, Versace-Inspired Nails for New Year's Eve," 2 Jan. 2020 With her custom corset gown in emerald green silk charmeuse, Euphoria star Zendaya opted for white diamonds by Cartier, including this Agrafe cuff bracelet with its corset-inspired detailing. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: 7 Jewelry Statements That Deserve a Second Look," 23 Sep. 2019 The kitchen opens to the family room and features black Viking appliances, an island, leather detailing and pantry space., "Lake Forest home east of Sheridan Road: $3.8M," 6 Nov. 2019 Think Sputnik-style chandeliers in black, teak furniture displaying geometric detailing, and bubbly, abstract artwork. Shelby Deering, House Beautiful, "4 Stylish Ways to Modernize Your Home," 23 Oct. 2019 Mac’s aesthetic ranges from quirky costume to luxury couture, with all his work including intricate detailing and innovation., "Project Runway season 18 exclusive first look: Meet the new designers, celebrity guests Leslie Jones, Kiernan Shipka, more," 9 Oct. 2019 The craftsmanship of the intricate detailing could be seen from every angle. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Larry Sims Explains The Inspiration For KiKi Layne's Masterpiece LACMA Hair," 4 Nov. 2019 The rocker took to Twitter on Monday morning (Sept. 23) to share photos of himself in the missing eyewear, big square frames with white detailing. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lenny Kravitz Lost His 'Incredibly Sentimental' Sunglasses & Needs Help Getting Them Back," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of detailing

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of detailing was in 1866

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27 Jan 2020

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“Detailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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