detail

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

noun

verb (used with object)


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)

Synonyms for detail

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British Dictionary definitions for in 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 in detail

detail

v.

1630s, from French détailler "cut up in pieces; narrate in particulars," from Old French detaillier, from detail (see detail (n.)). Related: Detailed; detailing.

detail

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with in detail

in detail

With close attention to particulars; thoroughly. For example, She explained her theory in detail. It is also put as go into detail, meaning “to investigate thoroughly,” as in You know what I mean, so I needn't go into detail. The first expression dates from about 1600, the second from the late 1800s.

detail

see in detail.

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