Origin of detailed
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- 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 detailed
American spies have detailed dossiers on the North Koreans who the U.S. says were behind the Sony attack.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years
January 2, 2015
Conservatives distrust public officials and want to shackle them with detailed rules.
It has grown from a rotten root—striving to replace human judgment with detailed dictates.
In the meantime, most of the detailed studies are incomplete in one way or another.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
Now, with the help of 7,000 light-emitting diodes or LEDs, the detailed work has emerged from the shadows.The Sistine Chapel Gets Mood Lighting
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November 2, 2014
The detailed consideration of the requisite material was then proceeded with.Freeland
The rest was a detailed account of the night spent with the maiden.The Harbor
A detailed breakdown of these will also be found on pages 1035 to 1267 inclusive.Arm of the Law
The rest of the British navy needs no detailed consideration.
Every great step in our progress in discovering causes has been made in exactly the same way as that which I have detailed to you.
- having many details or giving careful attention to detailsa detailed list of the ingredients required
- 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 detailed
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 detailed
see in detail.