- 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 details
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.
The industry lore is downright jaw-dropping in the details of the cons known as “brick-in-box” returns.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everything you need to know about the U.S.-Cuba thaw, from the details of the deal to when you can book your ticket to Havana.
The creative team behind the new My Lai project is working out the details for set design.
Translators—many of whom came by boat themselves—work through the crowds with Italian authorities to take down names and details.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The building is so far beyond any familiar proportions that at first sight all details are lost upon its broad front.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2|Francis Marion Crawford
Derrick had promised that he would initiate his friend into all the details of the business, and look after him generally.Derrick Sterling|Kirk Monroe
The details are not unlike those of other examples previously given.Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia|William Henry Holmes
Of course there are some reservations to be made in the details of this way of explaining the efficacy of sacrificial banquets.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
The details of arrangements will readily suggest themselves.The Philosophy of Teaching|Nathaniel Sands
- the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
- the personnel selected
- the duty or assignment
Word Origin for detail
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.
see in detail.