Detail meaning and Definition

Definition of detail

 1: extended treatment of or attention to particular itemsexplaining without going into detailgiving 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 alsoa 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 detailwith all the particular sexplained the job in detail

detail verb detaileddetailingdetails

Definition of detail

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

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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 verbto make detail drawings

Other Words from detail

Verb detailer noun

Synonyms for detail

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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.

First Known Use of detail


1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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