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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•tail /dɪˈteɪl, ˈditeɪl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a piece or item of a whole[countable]The picture he drew was perfect in every detail.
  2. particular or individual parts, taken as a group[uncountable]his attention to detail.
  3. complicated decoration created with great care and attention[uncountable]the careful detail in those tiny statues.
  4. 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.
  5. Military an individual or group selected for a special task, or the task itself[countable]the kitchen detail.

v. [+ object]
  1. to mention one by one; list fully:The employees were asked to detail their complaints.
  2. Militaryto appoint or assign (soldiers) for duty:A squad was detailed to find the deserters and bring them to the captain.
idiom
  1. Idiomsin detail, item by item:We went into each complaint in detail.

de•tailed,adj. : a detailed explanation.See -tail-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•tail  (n. di tāl, dētāl;v. di tāl), 
n. 
  1. an individual or minute part;
    an item or particular.
  2. particulars collectively;
    minutiae.
  3. attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts:to postpone detail and concentrate on a subject as a whole.
  4. intricate, finely wrought decoration.
  5. [Engin.]See detail drawing. 
  6. any small section of a larger structure or whole, considered as a unit.
  7. [Mil.]
      • 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.
      • a particular assignment of duty.
  8. the property of an image or of a method of image production to make small, closely spaced image elements individually distinguishable.
  9. Idiomsin detail, item by item; with particulars:The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.

v.t. 
  1. to relate or report with complete particulars;
    tell fully and distinctly.
  2. to mention one by one;
    specify;
    list:He detailed the events leading up to the robbery.
  3. Military[Mil.]to appoint or assign for some particular duty:We were detailed to patrol the border.
  4. to provide with intricate, finely wrought decoration:lingerie detailed with lace and embroidery.
Etymology:
  • 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
  • 1595–1605
11 . itemize, enumerate, catalog.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

detail /ˈdiːteɪl/ n
  1. an item or smaller part that is considered separately; particular
  2. an item or circumstance that is insignificant or unimportant: passengers' comfort was regarded as a detail
  3. treatment of or attention to items or particulars: this essay includes too much detail
  4. items collectively; particulars
  5. a small or accessory section or element in a painting, building, statue, etc, esp when considered in isolation
  6. the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
  7. the personnel selected
  8. the duty or assignment
  9. go into detailto include all or most particulars
  10. in detailincluding all or most particulars or items thoroughly
vb (transitive)
  1. to list or relate fully
  2. to select (personnel) for a specific duty
Etymology: 17th Century: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de- dis-1 + tailler to cut; see tailor



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