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 With its loose fit, flounced hem, and playful leaf detailing, the dress was a light choice fit for an unconventional royal. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Finds the Moment’s Happiest Print," 22 Feb. 2021 Besides the tawdry detailing and construction, the essential difference between the palace and its historical models is conceptual. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "What Dallas McMansions and a Russian palace alleged to be Vladimir Putin’s have in common," 5 Feb. 2021 Available in cream or navy hues, this closet essential features flattering ribbed detailing. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Nearly every single sale item at Anthropologie is an additional 50% off right now," 21 Jan. 2021 Cutouts on the leather revealed embossed detailing, and a pretty floral embroidery ran up the side. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "After 8 Years, I Finally Know How to Wear My Cowboy Boots," 26 Jan. 2021 Their looks include suits lined with velvet, pops of color, mesh detailing and eco-friendly upcycled garments. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "7 Phoenix fashion designers you should get to know," 24 Nov. 2020 They were dedicated to restoring as much of the original detailing and fixtures as possible while turning the space into a contemporary home. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "A Cape Town Apartment That Speaks to the Past," 13 Nov. 2020 The pictured pair above features shamrock green detailing for $48, while other navy options are also discounted down to the same price. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Adidas's iconic Stan Smiths are deeply discounted at Nordstrom right now," 12 Dec. 2020 The front grille has intricate detailing and there are two-tone color options available. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Nissan Note Is the Cooler Versa Hatch We Won't Get in the U.S.," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Detailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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