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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•tail /dɪˈteɪl, ˈditeɪl/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- a piece or item of a whole[countable]The picture he drew was perfect in every detail.
- particular or individual parts, taken as a group[uncountable]his attention to detail.
- complicated decoration created with great care and attention[uncountable]the careful detail in those tiny statues.
- a small section of a larger whole, esp. of a photograph magnified to show what the eye would not otherwise be able to see[countable]A close-up detail of the rocket launcher showed where the faulty hose was connected.
- Military an individual or group selected for a special task, or the task itself[countable]the kitchen detail.
- to mention one by one; list fully:The employees were asked to detail their complaints.
- Militaryto appoint or assign (soldiers) for duty:A squad was detailed to find the deserters and bring them to the captain.
de•tailed,adj. : a detailed explanation.See -tail-.
- Idiomsin detail, item by item:We went into each complaint in detail.
(n. di tāl′, dē′tāl;v. di tāl′), n.
- an individual or minute part;
an item or particular.
- particulars collectively;
- attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts:to postpone detail and concentrate on a subject as a whole.
- intricate, finely wrought decoration.
- [Engin.]See detail drawing.
- any small section of a larger structure or whole, considered as a unit.
- an appointment or assignment, as of a small group or an officer, for a special task.
- the party or person so selected:the kitchen detail.
the property of an image or of a method of image production to make small, closely spaced image elements individually distinguishable.
Idiomsin detail, item by item; with particulars:The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.
- a particular assignment of duty.
- to relate or report with complete particulars;
tell fully and distinctly.
- to mention one by one;
list:He detailed the events leading up to the robbery.
- Military[Mil.]to appoint or assign for some particular duty:We were detailed to patrol the border.
- to provide with intricate, finely wrought decoration:lingerie detailed with lace and embroidery.
11 . itemize, enumerate, catalog.
- Vulgar Latin *taliāre; see tailor
- French détail, Old French, noun, nominal derivative of detailler to cut in pieces, equivalent. to de- dis-1 + tailler to cut
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
detail /ˈdiːteɪl/ n
- an item or smaller part that is considered separately; particular
- an item or circumstance that is insignificant or unimportant: passengers' comfort was regarded as a detail
- treatment of or attention to items or particulars: this essay includes too much detail
- items collectively; particulars
- a small or accessory section or element in a painting, building, statue, etc, esp when considered in isolation
- the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
- the personnel selected
- the duty or assignment
- go into detail ⇒ to include all or most particulars
- in detail ⇒ including all or most particulars or items thoroughly
Etymology: 17th Century: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de- dis-1 + tailler to cut; see tailor
- to list or relate fully
- to select (personnel) for a specific duty
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