- A detail is defined as an individual fact or feature, or is a small or minor part of something, or a small group of people assigned to a specific task.
- When you consider every aspect of a new law, this is an example of when you consider every detail.
- When you look at a large painting and notice the tiny little hands of one of the people in the painting, this is an example of noticing the detail of the painting.
- A small group of Secret Service agents assigned to guard the President are an example of the President's security detail.
- The definition of detail is to describe or give information about something, or to clean and shine all parts of an automobile.
- When you describe your plan to a friend, this is an example of when you detail your plan.
- Washing and waxing the dashboard of a car is an example of a step to detail a car.
detail definition by Webster's New World
- the act of dealing with things item by item: the detail of business
- a minute account: to go into detail
- any of the small parts that go to make up something; item; particular: the details of a plan
- any small secondary or accessory part or parts of a picture, statue, building, etc.
- a small segment as of a painting, reproduced separately for detailed study
- one or more soldiers, sailors, etc. chosen for a particular task
- the task itself
Origin: French détail ; from the verb
- to give the particulars of; tell, item by item
- to choose for a particular task: detail a man for sentry duty
- ☆ to clean (an automotive vehicle) inside and outside, with meticulous attention to details, usually for a fee
Origin: Fr detailler, to cut up, tell in particulars < dé- (L de), from + tailler, to cut: see tailor
detail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An individual part or item; a particular. See Synonyms at item.
- Particulars considered individually and in relation to a whole: careful attention to detail.
- A minor or an inconsequential item or aspect; a minutia: skipped the details to get to the main point.
- A minute or thorough treatment or account: went into detail about his travels.
- a. A discrete part or portion of a work, such as a painting, building, or decorative object, especially when considered in isolation.b. A representation of such a part or portion: a detail of a Rembrandt portrait illustrating the technique of chiaroscuro.
- a. A small elaborated element of a work of art, craft, or design.b. Such elements considered together: the intricate detail of a rococo altarpiece.c. The rendering of artistic detail: the fine detail of the painter's brushwork.
- a. The selection of one or more troops for a particular duty, usually a fatigue duty.b. The personnel so selected.c. The duty assigned: garbage detail.
- To report or relate minutely or in particulars.
- To name or state explicitly: detailed the charges against the defendant.
- To provide with artistic or decorative detail: detailed the quilt with colorful appliqué.
- To select and dispatch for a particular duty.
- To clean (a car interior, for example) meticulously.
Origin: French détail, from Old French detail, a piece cut off, from detaillir, to cut up : de-, de- + tailler, taillier, to cut; see tailor.
- de·tailˈer noun
detail - Phrases/Idioms