- 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.
verb (used with object)
- detached retina,
- detachment of retina,
- detail drawing,
Origin of detail
Examples from the Web for detail
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
He goes into some detail into what it took to persuade voters to pass marriage equality at the ballot box in four states in 2012.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every detail was not only perfect but itself a piece of art.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo|Felice Picano|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His detail seeking in our meetings is compulsive and a little nuts.
He was obsessed with detail and had a slow, meandering style.
The troops had moved on, save the detail singled for police duty.The Rustler of Wind River|G. W. Ogden
On his side, Shkrullah Bay could not contain himself for joy when I gave him news of his acquaintances there in detail.Travels in Central Asia|Arminius Vmbry
And then falls to studying his original in minute points of detail.The Mystery of Edwin Drood|Charles Dickens
The germ and shadow and likelihood of each of those acts is in the fashion and line and detail of her garments.I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
Nothing was too vast or too complicated to be undertaken, no detail was too trivial to be studied.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
- the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
- the personnel selected
- the duty or assignment
Word Origin for detail
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.
1630s, from French détailler "cut up in pieces; narrate in particulars," from Old French detaillier, from detail (see detail (n.)). Related: Detailed; detailing.
see in detail.