from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An individual part or item; a particular. See Synonyms at item.
- n. Particulars considered individually and in relation to a whole: careful attention to detail.
- n. A minor or an inconsequential item or aspect; a minutia: skipped the details to get to the main point.
- n. A minute or thorough treatment or account: went into detail about his travels.
- n. A discrete part or portion of a work, such as a painting, building, or decorative object, especially when considered in isolation.
- n. A representation of such a part or portion: a detail of a Rembrandt portrait illustrating the technique of chiaroscuro.
- n. A small elaborated element of a work of art, craft, or design.
- n. Such elements considered together: the intricate detail of a rococo altarpiece.
- n. The rendering of artistic detail: the fine detail of the painter's brushwork.
- n. The selection of one or more troops for a particular duty, usually a fatigue duty.
- n. The personnel so selected.
- n. The duty assigned: garbage detail.
- transitive v. To report or relate minutely or in particulars.
- transitive v. To name or state explicitly: detailed the charges against the defendant.
- transitive v. To provide with artistic or decorative detail: detailed the quilt with colorful appliqué.
- transitive v. To select and dispatch for a particular duty.
- transitive v. To clean (a car interior, for example) meticulously.
- idiom in detail With attention to particulars; thoroughly or meticulously: explained her proposal in detail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something small enough to escape casual notice.
- n. A profusion of details.
- n. Something considered trivial enough to ignore.
- n. A person's name, address and other personal information.
- n. A temporary unit or assignment.
- v. to explain in detail
- v. (US (?)) to clean carefully (particularly a car)
- v. (military) to assign to a particular task
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A minute portion; one of the small parts; a particular; an item; -- used chiefly in the plural.
- n. A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
- n. The selection for a particular service of a person or a body of men; hence, the person or the body of men so selected.
- n. A minor part, as, in a building, the cornice, caps of the buttresses, capitals of the columns, etc., or (called larger details) a porch, a gable with its windows, a pavilion, or an attached tower.
- n. A detail drawing.
- transitive v. To relate in particulars; to particularize; to report minutely and distinctly; to enumerate; to specify.
- transitive v. To tell off or appoint for a particular service, as an officer, a troop, or a squadron.
- transitive v. To provide with fine or intricate added decoration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To divide or set off; specifically, to set apart for a particular service; appoint to a separate duty: chiefly in military use: as, to detail a corporal's guard for fatigue duty or as an escort; to detail an officer.
- To relate, report, or narrate in particulars; recite the particulars of; particularize; tell fully and distinctly: as, to detail all the facts in due order.
- To give details or particulars about something.
- n. An individual part; an item; a particular: as, the account is accurate in all its details; the point objected to is an unimportant detail; collectively (without a plural), particulars; particulars considered separately and in relation to the whole: as, a matter of detail.
- n. In the fine arts, etc., a relatively small, subordinate, and particular part, as distinguished from a general conception or from larger parts or effects; also, such parts collectively (in the singular).
- n. A minute account; a narrative or report of particulars: as, he gave a detail of all the transaction.
- n. Milit., the selection of an individual or a body of troops for a particular service; the person or persons so selected; a detachment.
- n. Individually; part by part.
- n. Synonyms Relation, recital.
- n. Squad.
- n. The service on which one is detailed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extended treatment of particulars
- v. assign to a specific task
- n. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
- n. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
- n. a temporary military unit
- v. provide details for
- n. a crew of workers selected for a particular task
French détail, from Old French detail, a piece cut off, from detaillir, to cut up : de-, de- + tailler, taillier, to cut; see tailor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French détail, from Old French detail, from detaillier, from de- + taillier ("to cut"). (Wiktionary)