Detail Definition

dĭ-tāl, dētāl
detailed, detailing, details
noun
details
The act of dealing with things item by item.
The detail of business.
Webster's New World
Particulars considered individually and in relation to a whole.
Careful attention to detail.
American Heritage
Any of the small parts that go to make up something; item; particular.
The details of a plan.
Webster's New World
A minor or an inconsequential item or aspect; a minutia.
Skipped the details to get to the main point.
American Heritage
An account that gives the particulars.
To go into detail.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
detailed, detailing, details
To report or relate explicitly or in particulars.
Detailed the charges against the defendant.
American Heritage
To give the particulars of; tell, item by item.
Webster's New World

To provide detailing for.

Webster's New World
To choose for a particular task.
Detail a man for sentry duty.
Webster's New World
To clean (an automotive vehicle) inside and outside, with meticulous attention to details, usually for a fee.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
cite-chapter-and-verseget down to casesspell outgo into the particularsstipulateset forthanalyzerehearserecapitulaterecountrevealmentionspecify the particulars ofenumerateportray
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idiom
in detail
  • With attention to particulars; thoroughly or meticulously:

    explained her proposal in detail.

American Heritage
in detail
  • item by item; with particulars
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Detail

Noun

Singular:
detail
Plural:
details

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Detail

Origin of Detail

  • French détail from Old French detail a piece cut off from detaillir to cut up de- de- tailler, taillier to cut tailor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French détail, from Old French detail, from detaillier, from de- + taillier (“to cut”).

    From Wiktionary

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