Detail meaning

dĭ-tāl, dētāl
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.

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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.

noun
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A minute or thorough treatment or account.

Went into detail about his travels.

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To report or relate explicitly or in particulars.

Detailed the charges against the defendant.

verb
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An individual part or item; a particular.

Discussed the details of the proposal.

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To provide with artistic or decorative detail.

Detailed the quilt with colorful appliqué.

verb
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To give the particulars of; tell, item by item.
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Any of the small parts that go to make up something; item; particular.

The details of a plan.

noun
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An account that gives the particulars.

To go into detail.

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To clean (a car interior, for example) meticulously.
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The act of dealing with things item by item.

The detail of business.

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To clean (an automotive vehicle) inside and outside, with meticulous attention to details, usually for a fee.
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Particulars considered individually and in relation to a whole.

Careful attention to detail.

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A part distinct from the whole.
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A minor or an inconsequential item or aspect; a minutia.

Skipped the details to get to the main point.

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To market to (a physician) the drugs sold by one's company,
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To provide detailing for.
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(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.

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(uncountable) A profusion of details.

This etching is full of fine detail.

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(military) A temporary unit or assignment.
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A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
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(US (?)) to clean carefully (particularly a car) (IPA: [ˈdi(ː)teɪɫ])

We need to have the minivan detailed.

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(military) To assign to a particular task.
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To assign to a particular duty.
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To choose for a particular task.

Detail a man for sentry duty.

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Something considered trivial enough to ignore.

I don't concern myself with the details of accounting.

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(countable) A person's name, address and other personal information.

The arresting officer asked the suspect for his details.

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To explain in detail.

I'll detail the exact procedure to you later.

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in detail
  • With attention to particulars; thoroughly or meticulously:.
    Explained her proposal in detail.
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in detail
  • Item by item; with particulars.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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