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.
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.
Idioms about detail
in detail, item by item; with particulars: The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.
- pre·de·tail, verb (used with object)
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How to use detail in a sentence
The following page details a tribute gag the Simpsons team inserted into the background of a scene.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their solidified friendship is one of the most touching details of the premiere, but it also puts Branson in a tricky predicament.
During two years in Iranian custody, Abdolhamid provided crucial details of how Jundullah operated.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
News clips, sound bites, and planning details were shared on those platforms.
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.
The reader is referred to larger works upon urinalysis for details.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Not only have its fundamental principles been fully vindicated but in most details the working of the measure has been successful.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
She gave details of the singular mood that had come upon her with the arrival of Tony, but Tom hardly heard her.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
The two-thirds objective should be used as a finder, while the one-sixth is reserved for examining details.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
I never trouble my head about details; it is enough, the man is a political refugee, and his object concealment.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for detail
an item or smaller part that is considered separately; particular
an item or circumstance that is insignificant or unimportant: passengers' comfort was regarded as a detail
treatment of or attention to items or particulars: this 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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with detail
see in detail.
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