detail

noun
de·​tail | \ di-ˈtāl How to pronounce detail (audio) , ˈdē-ˌtāl How to pronounce detail (audio) \

Definition of detail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extended treatment of or attention to particular items explaining without going into detail giving careful attention to detail
2 : a part of a whole: such as
a : a small and subordinate part : particular planned the wedding down to the smallest detail also : a reproduction of such a part of a work of art
b : a part considered or requiring to be considered separately from the whole discussing the details of the building's columns
c : the small elements that collectively constitute a work of art admire the great detail of his work
d photography : the small elements of an image corresponding to those of the subject strong lighting to achieve clarity of detail
3a : selection of a person or group for a particular task (as in military service)
b(1) : the person or group selected a member of a security detail police details at the parade
(2) : the task to be performed were assigned to kitchen detail
in detail
: with all the particulars explained the job in detail

detail

verb
detailed; detailing; details

Definition of detail (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to report minutely and distinctly : to report with close attention to small elements : specify detailed their grievances wrote a letter detailing her vacation
2 : to assign to a particular task was detailed to another unit during maneuvers
3 : to furnish with the smaller elements of design and finish trimmings that detail slips and petticoats
4 : to clean and refurbish (a vehicle) very thoroughly and meticulously detail a car

intransitive verb

: to make detail drawings

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Other Words from detail

Verb

detailer noun

Synonyms for detail

Synonyms: Noun

item, particular, point

Synonyms: Verb

post, station

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Noun

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated. every item on the list detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process. leave the details to others particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item. a description that included few particulars

Examples of detail in a Sentence

Noun

Every detail of the wedding was carefully planned. They designed every detail of the house. the wooden box's fine carved detail We admired the detail of the artist's work. The job requires attention to detail. The article provides further details. You left out an important detail about their new baby: is it a girl or boy? The novel is full of historical details. The book includes a wealth of detail on living conditions aboard ships at that time. The novel is full of historical detail.

Verb

The book details the series of events that led to the tragedy. She wrote a letter detailing her complaints. The Army has detailed him to investigate the complaints.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are a plethora of other details: The website TitanticSwitch documents 44 separate claims which attempting to point towards the argument that the Olympic lies at the bottom of the sea instead of the original Titanic. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy That the Titanic Never Sank," 27 Feb. 2019 Strange and beautiful, the book works thanks to the enigmatic power of Nahid Kazemi’s illustrations, which have an abundance of tiny details rendered with such colorful delicacy that the overall sense from page to page is of ethereal softness. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Travails and Triumphs of Derring-Do," 22 Feb. 2019 The 17th century English streets were full of pamphlets saying as much, in various levels of explicit detail. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 While many of the details are still not out yet, some hints have already been released on what to expect from the new show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Riverdale"'s New Spin-Off, "Katy Keene"," 24 Jan. 2019 The case had already resulted in reams of embarrassing details about Uber’s business practices being made public. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 Kylie Jenner went all out to celebrate her baby girl's big day, and her attention to detail paid off. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Just Gave Stormi the Most Precious Lightning Bolt Necklace," 17 Feb. 2019 On Wednesday, a state governor’s motorcade was attacked by Islamist militants, who killed at least five members of his security detail. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election Hours Before Polls Were Set to Open," 16 Feb. 2019 Depending on how your mind works, these details might fuel your fear even more. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "How to Finally Overcome Your Fear of Flying," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And George Sodini, a gunman whose murder of three women at a gym outside Pittsburgh in 2009 appears to share similarities with the Tallahassee shooting, maintained a blog detailing his anger toward women for months before committing the crime. Anna North, Vox, "How mass shooters practice their hate online," 4 Nov. 2018 Her taxable income is subject to regular rates up to 12%, as detailed in the tax brackets. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Taxes on Investment Income," 15 Feb. 2019 Justina details the renovations in her Instagram caption. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Designer Justina Blakeney Shared Amazing Before & Afters of her Parents' House," 31 Jan. 2019 As previous reports have detailed, the IRA has tied itself to American political movements and encouraged supporters to unwittingly spread divisive propaganda. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Russian election meddlers started an anti-masturbation hotline, report claims," 17 Dec. 2018 The report, published earlier this month in BMJ Case Reports, details how a 71-year-old woman developed autoimmune hepatitis (i.e. liver disease) after taking turmeric supplements for her heart health. Korin Miller, SELF, "Turmeric Supplements May Have Caused This Woman's Liver Disease," 24 Sep. 2018 Getty ImagesOwen Hoffmann Waterbury’s suit details horrific conversations about and threats to women, not only among fellow dancers but up the ranks. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "A Ballet Dancer Claims Nude Photos Were Taken Without Her Consent. Now She’s Suing the New York City Ballet.," 6 Sep. 2018 Today, students of color account for 53 percent of the student population at Faribault Public Schools, as detailed in a 2018 report by the Minnesota Department of Education. Fox News, "Somali immigrants find growing acceptance in Minnesota," 25 Aug. 2018 Bay Area courses must find ways to reduce their water consumption, as detailed in a July 2015 Chronicle story. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Makeover of Corica Park South Course in Alameda a triumph," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of detail

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1650, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for detail

Noun and Verb

French détail, from Old French detail slice, piece, from detaillier to cut in pieces, from de- + taillier to cut — more at tailor

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detail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of detail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small part of something
: the small parts of something
: a particular fact or piece of information about something or someone

detail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of detail (Entry 2 of 2)

: to state particular facts or information about (something) : to describe or discuss the details of (something)
US : to thoroughly clean (a car) in an attempt to make it look new
formal : to choose (a person or group of people) to do a special job

detail

noun
de·​tail | \ di-ˈtāl How to pronounce detail (audio) , ˈdē-ˌtāl\

Kids Definition of detail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dealing with something with attention to each item The news story went into detail.
2 : a small part of something larger : item Every detail of the wedding was perfect.
3 : a soldier or group of soldiers picked for special duty

detail

verb
detailed; detailing

Kids Definition of detail (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to report with attention to each item The book detailed the events.
2 : to select for some special duty

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