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detail

Syllabification: de·tail
Pronunciation: /dəˈtāl
 
, ˈdētāl
 
/

Definition of detail in English:

noun

1An individual feature, fact, or item: we shall consider every detail of the bill her meticulous attention to detail
More example sentences
  • In his call, the man described a conversation in a Totton pub between men discussing the attack and gave details of specific individuals.
  • Class discussions focus on specific details, including individual words, even sounds.
  • You display great attention to detail which can be considered good fortune or a curse when it comes to relationships.
Synonyms
particular, respect, feature, characteristic, attribute, specific, aspect, facet, part, unit, component, constituent;
fact, piece of information, point, element, circumstance, consideration
1.1A minor or less significant item or feature: he didn’t want them to get sidetracked on a detail of policy
More example sentences
  • Not only are the small details now significantly more vivid, but the overall levels have been adjusted as well.
  • Evidently about what it is to that reporter's editor - a detail too minor to warrant correction.
  • In a piece written for the New York Review of Books, James Fenton pulls Bizot up for a couple of factual mistakes, but these seem to me to be minor details.
Synonyms
unimportant point, trivial fact, triviality, technicality, nicety, subtlety, trifle, fine point, incidental, inessential, nothing
1.2A minor decorative feature of a building or work of art: a detail on Charlemagne’s tomb
More example sentences
  • But Gluck says his favorite feature is the decorative detail along the top rim of the building.
  • Georgian homes are similar to Colonials, but feature richer details and ornamentation.
  • The work featured medium shapes, smaller shapes and finally, decorative details.
1.3The style or treatment of minor decorative features: the classical French detail of the building’s facade
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  • Melville House was Fife's first mansion styled symmetrically with classical detail.
  • Its monumental scale, classical detail and rational, ordered planning were hallmarks of the style.
  • On the other hand, the depth and detail of the featurettes would complement a minor masterpiece.
1.4A small part of a picture or other work of art reproduced separately for close study: detail of right eye showing marks on the lids
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  • Community art initiatives in South Africa tend to always follow the cliché of painting murals or producing mosaic details.
  • Update I'm adding larger images of details of the pictures.
  • The catalog entries on icons are richly illustrated, including details of the larger panels.
1.5 (details) British Itemized facts or information about someone; personal particulars: the official asked for my father’s details
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  • Detectives established addresses and other details and passed the information to British authorities.
  • Several have been swiped recently by crooks hoping to glean banking details and personal information.
  • Some of the papers contained highly sensitive details of informers and information supplied to Special Branch.
2A small detachment of troops or police officers given a special duty: the candidate’s security detail
More example sentences
  • In that same year, he joined the Army MI Branch with a detail to the Infantry.
  • He was hurriedly escorted from the area by his security detail and Israeli police.
  • Troops should eat, play, train and even pull support details as squads, platoons and companies.
Synonyms
unit, detachment, squad, troop, contingent, outfit, task force, patrol, border patrol
2.1 [often with modifier] A special duty assigned to a detachment of troops or police officers.
Example sentences
  • They are the rights and duties of daily duty detail, inspection commissions, etc.
  • I'm not going to stick you on dish detail or cleaning toilets.
  • Some troops are on cleanup detail in parts of New Orleans the flood never touched.
Synonyms
duty, task, job, chore, charge, responsibility, assignment, function, mission, engagement, occupation, undertaking, errand

verb

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1Describe item by item; give the full particulars of: the report details the environmental and health costs of the car
More example sentences
  • The files hold thousands of papers which detail information such as full names, National Insurance numbers, salaries, family contact details and job descriptions.
  • The needs of the school are vast and due to space restraints this reporter could not detail the full list of over-crowding issues.
  • This report is intended to detail the preliminary fieldwork information found during the excavation of Agaparthea.
Synonyms
describe, explain, expound, relate, catalog, list, spell out, itemize, particularize, identify, specify;
state, declare, present, set out, frame;
cite, quote, instance, mention, name
2 [with object and infinitive] Assign (someone) to undertake a particular task: the ships were detailed to keep watch
More example sentences
  • The regimental commander could detail additional soldiers if necessary.
  • That part of his evidence can never go because otherwise there is no explanation for why he detailed this person.
  • Another method of capturing data that has been used successfully in the past is to detail a Soldier to go around with a tabbed folder to unit members.
Synonyms
assign, allocate, appoint, delegate, commission, charge;
send, post;
nominate, vote, elect, co-opt
3US Clean (a motor vehicle) intensively and minutely: the Buick dealer gave him a job washing and detailing cars
More example sentences
  • You probably spend hours detailing your car - so how about spending a few minutes on those nails.
  • Or maybe it's in the garage, spending more time than is really necessary to detail the car.
  • When you're on the road today, or in a shopping mall, observe how many cars are detailed with stripes, lightning bolts or rectangles.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'minor items or events regarded collectively'): from French détail (noun), détailler (verb), from dé- (expressing separation) + tailler 'to cut' (based on Latin talea 'twig, cutting').

Phrases

go into detail

1
Give a full account of something.
Example sentences
  • It is full colour and goes into detail on all aspects.
  • But now I am glad that I went into detail from the first, for there is something so strange about this place and all in it that I cannot but feel uneasy.
  • A day later, he reiterated his decision to leave the Yankees and went into detail about his rift with Steinbrenner.

in detail

2
As regards every feature or aspect; fully: we will have to examine the proposals in detail
More example sentences
  • Can't say it was too exciting, but they did talk in detail about several aspects of the shooting.
  • This was one of the first features to be studied in detail by sociolinguists.
  • In the middle set of four studies, the reader is able to explore certain aspects of play in detail.
Synonyms

Derivatives

detailer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Some serious detailers will even remove the tires.
  • The detailers did a spanking job though, the car looked dewy-fresh and was heady with that dry-cleaner fresh smell.
  • The rest are in places that will not hamper BB's driving visibility, but will certainly keep his detailer busy.

Words that rhyme with detail

retail

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