- the process of thoroughly cleaning the interior and exterior of a vehicle and doing minor repairs to improve its appearance: auto detailing.
Origin of detailing
- an individual or minute part; an item or particular.
- particulars collectively; minutiae.
- attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts: to postpone detail and concentrate on a subject as a whole.
- intricate, finely wrought decoration.
- Engineering. detail drawing.
- any small section of a larger structure or whole, considered as a unit.
- an appointment or assignment, as of a small group or an officer, for a special task.
- the party or person so selected: the kitchen detail.
- a particular assignment of duty.
- the property of an image or of a method of image production to make small, closely spaced image elements individually distinguishable.
- to relate or report with complete particulars; tell fully and distinctly.
- to mention one by one; specify; list: He detailed the events leading up to the robbery.
- Military. to appoint or assign for some particular duty: We were detailed to patrol the border.
- to provide with intricate, finely wrought decoration: lingerie detailed with lace and embroidery.
- to thoroughly clean (a vehicle or part of a vehicle) and do minor repairs to improve its appearance: We detail the wheels and chrome to remove the rust.
- in detail, item by item; with particulars: The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.
Origin of detail
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Examples from the Web for detailing
On many levels, fewer things than science—in detailing where we came from, what we are, how we function—are more human.Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.
July 17, 2014
Prior to the shooting, on Friday, he posted eight videos on YouTube detailing his anger, frustrations, and plans for retribution.
She is even-handed in detailing the internecine battles between Insurgents and Regulars for control of the party.Wait for the Movie Version of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “The Bully Pulpit”
November 12, 2013
The designer said she wanted to create “new proportions and detailing to turn gymnastic shapes into style essentials.”Gucci Spring/Summer 2014: Sporty and Sexy
September 18, 2013
Last January, Vincoli wrote a column for the Yale Daily News detailing self-censorship and protest restrictions on campus.Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions
July 24, 2012
He will, however, write tomorrow, detailing all that he has done and means to do.A Rent In A Cloud
Charles James Lever
He paid no heed to these obstacles, and why should we waste time in detailing them?Deaconesses in Europe
Jane M. Bancroft
But the General said that this was one of his reasons for detailing me to perform this duty.A Little Union Scout
Joel Chandler Harris
Let it not be supposed, from what I have just said, that I am detailing any mystery, or penning any romance.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
I did so in a very respectful manner, detailing what had occurred.Percival Keene
- an item or smaller part that is considered separately; particular
- an item or circumstance that is insignificant or unimportantpassengers' comfort was regarded as a detail
- treatment of or attention to items or particularsthis essay includes too much detail
- items collectively; particulars
- a small or accessory section or element in a painting, building, statue, etc, esp when considered in isolation
- the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
- the personnel selected
- the duty or assignment
- go into detail to include all or most particulars
- in detail including all or most particulars or items thoroughly
- to list or relate fully
- military to select (personnel) for a specific duty
- to decorate or elaborate (carving, etc) with fine delicate drawing or designs
Word Origin and History for detailing
1630s, from French détailler "cut up in pieces; narrate in particulars," from Old French detaillier, from detail (see detail (n.)). Related: Detailed; detailing.
c.1600, from French détail, from Old French detail "small piece or quantity," literally "a cutting in pieces," from detaillier "cut in pieces," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + taillier "to cut in pieces" (see tailor).
Modern sense is from French en détail "piece by piece, item by item" (as opposed to en gros), a commercial term used where we would today use retail. Military sense is 1708, from notion of "distribution in detail of the daily orders first given in general," including assignment of specific duties.
Idioms and Phrases with detailing
see in detail.