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 wrap dress has a comfortable elastic waistband that shoppers say flatters a variety of body types, but stands out among its counterparts with its plunging neckline, fluttery sleeves, and ruffled slit detailing. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2022 Clean Ride car-cleaning and detailing packages range from $12 to $450. Mike Jordan, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Doja Cat selected an aqua Atelier Versace look, while SZA wore a nude tulle dress embellished with flower detailing. Cady Lang, Time, 4 Apr. 2022 What appeared to be sherpa and fur coats hit the runway in a new style with distressed detailing, which created glamorous, yet badass moments just like a killer mink coat would. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 23 Feb. 2022 Homebuyers will choose between three finishes for both the kitchen and master bathroom in light, medium and dark tones, while the rest of the property incorporates tropical design elements alongside stone detailing, luxury fabrics, and millwork. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2022 And then there is Tracksmith’s fine attention to detailing — especially the bold, reflective, white back sash to alert those approaching from the rear. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 17 Nov. 2020 According to Express, the couple had a near-miss with a wardrobe malfunction while walking the red carpet when the button on Kevin's sleeve got snagged on the intricate detailing of Christine's dress. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 3 Apr. 2022 For the occasion, Middleton looked divine in a classic polka-dot midi dress by Alessandra Rich — and everything about it, from the silhouette to the impeccable detailing, was *chef's kiss. Eva Thomas,, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of detailing

1866, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

21 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Detailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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