- 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.
- the act of dealing with things item by item: the detail of business
- an account that gives the particulars: 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 of detailFrench 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 provide detailing for
- to clean (an automotive vehicle) inside and outside, with meticulous attention to details, usually for a fee
Origin of detailFr détailler, to cut up, tell in particulars < dé- (L de), from + tailler, to cut: see tailor
- An individual part or item; a particular: discussed the details of the proposal.
- 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. A group of military personnel assigned to a particular duty, usually a fatigue duty.b. The duty assigned: garbage detail.
transitive verbde·tailed, de·tail·ing, de·tails
- To report or relate explicitly or in particulars: detailed the charges against the defendant.
- To provide with artistic or decorative detail: detailed the quilt with colorful appliqué.
- To assign to a particular duty: “The musicians and other non-combatants were detailed to carry the stretchers” ( Peter Cozzens )
- To clean (a car interior, for example) meticulously.
- To market to (a physician) the drugs sold by one's company,
Origin of detailFrench détail from Old French detail a piece cut off from detaillir to cut up de- de- tailler, taillier to cut ; see tailor .
top: a painting of the Chateau of Chillon by William Baptiste Baird (1847-1899?)
bottom:a detail of the same painting
(countable and uncountable, plural details)
- (countable) Something small enough to escape casual notice.
- Note this fine detail in the lower left corner.
- We missed several important details in the contract.
- (uncountable) A profusion of details.
- This etching is full of fine detail.
- Something considered trivial enough to ignore.
- I don't concern myself with the details of accounting.
- (countable) A person's name, address and other personal information.
- The arresting officer asked the suspect for his details.
- (military) A temporary unit or assignment.
- A part distinct from the whole.
- A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
(third-person singular simple present details, present participle detailing, simple past and past participle detailed)
- to explain in detail
- I'll detail the exact procedure to you later.
- (US (?)) to clean carefully (particularly a car) (IPA: [ˈdi(ː)teɪɫ])
- We need to have the minivan detailed.
- (military) to assign to a particular task
French détail, from Old French detail, from detaillier, from de- + taillier (“to cut”).