detail

[noun dih-teyl, dee-teyl; verb dih-teyl or for 13, dee-teyl]
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noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. detachable,
  2. detached,
  3. detached retina,
  4. detachment,
  5. detachment of retina,
  6. detail drawing,
  7. detailed,
  8. detailer,
  9. detailing,
  10. detain

Idioms

    in detail, item by item; with particulars: The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.

Origin of detail

1595–1605; < French détail, Old French, noun derivative of detailler ‘to cut in pieces’, equivalent to de- dis-1 + tailler ‘to cut’ < Vulgar Latin *taliāre; see tailor1

Related formspre·de·tail, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for detail

detail

noun

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
military
  1. the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
  2. the personnel selected
  3. the duty or assignment
go into detail to include all or most particulars
in detail including all or most particulars or items thoroughly

verb (tr)

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 for detail

C17: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de- dis- 1 + tailler to cut; see tailor

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Word Origin and History for detail
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Idioms and Phrases with detail

detail

see in detail.

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