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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The lion, a tawny silhouette with washy internal detailing, is a compositional place marker. New York Times, "What Leonardo da Vinci Couldn’t Finish," 11 July 2019 Everyone appreciates the two-story lobby’s solid marble front desk, mahogany detailing, intricate black-and-white mosaic tile floor and colorful, coffered stained glass ceiling, all of which are original. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 As fall creeps closer, the best beauty Instagrams of the week did their best to ooze summertime vibes, packing in as much sun-worship and lighthearted detailing as possible. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner Shows Off the Manicure of the Moment (and More!)," 26 Aug. 2018 Beautiful leather bags furthered the show’s geometric detailing and honed its mastery in color — with indigo, Prussian blue and black forming the segments on one stand out design. Washington Post, "Secret gardens and co-ed styles hit Paris men’s collections," 22 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of detailing

1970, in the meaning defined above

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