Definition of Detail

1. Noun. An isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole. "A point of information"

Exact synonyms: Item, Point
Generic synonyms: Fact
Specialized synonyms: Minutia, Nook And Cranny, Nooks And Crannies, Regard, Respect, Sticking Point, Technicality, Trifle, Triviality
Derivative terms: Itemise, Itemize

2. Verb. Provide details for.
Generic synonyms: Dilate, Elaborate, Enlarge, Expand, Expatiate, Exposit, Expound, Flesh Out, Lucubrate
Derivative terms: Detailing

3. Noun. A small part that can be considered separately from the whole. "It was perfect in all details"
Exact synonyms: Item, Particular
Generic synonyms: Component, Component Part, Constituent, Part, Portion
Specialized synonyms: High Spot, Highlight
Derivative terms: Itemize

4. Verb. Assign to a specific task. "The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"
Generic synonyms: Assign, Set Apart, Specify

5. Noun. Extended treatment of particulars. "The essay contained too much detail"
Generic synonyms: Discourse, Discussion, Treatment

6. Noun. A crew of workers selected for a particular task. "A detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"
Generic synonyms: Crew, Gang, Work Party

7. Noun. A temporary military unit. "The peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"

Definition of Detail

1. n. A minute portion; one of the small parts; a particular; an item; -- used chiefly in the plural; as, the details of a scheme or transaction.

2. v. t. To relate in particulars; to particularize; to report minutely and distinctly; to enumerate; to specify; as, he detailed all the facts in due order.

3. n. A minor part, as, in a building, the cornice, caps of the buttresses, capitals of the columns, etc., or (called larger details) a porch, a gable with its windows, a pavilion, or an attached tower.

Definition of Detail

1. Noun. Something small enough to escape casual notice. ¹

2. Noun. A profusion of details. ¹

3. Noun. Something considered trivial enough to ignore. ¹

4. Noun. A person's name, address and other personal information. ¹

5. Noun. (military) A temporary unit or assignment. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to explain in detail ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) (''US'' (?)) to clean carefully (particularly a car) ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) (military) to assign to a particular task ¹

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Definition of Detail

1. to report with complete particulars [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Detail

1. 1. A minute portion; one of the small parts; a particular; an item; used chiefly in the plural; as, the details of a scheme or transaction. "The details of the campaign in Italy." (Motley) 2. A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars. 3. The selection for a particular service of a person or a body of men; hence, the person or the body of men so selected. Detail drawing, a drawing of the full size, or on a large scale, of some part of a building, machine, etc. In detail, in subdivisions; part by part; item; circumstantially; with particularity. Synonym: Account, relation, narrative, recital, explanation, narration. Origin: F. Detail, fr. Detailler to cut in pieces, tell in detail; pref. De- (L. De or dis-) + tailler to cut. See Tailor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Detail

detachment of the retina
detail (current term)
detail file
detailed balance

Literary usage of Detail

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"... his labour-power is turned into the organ of this detail function. Secondly, this division of labour is a particular sort of cooperation, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"There is a southern richness and romance both in the exterior and interior design and detail of Burgos, for example, as well as in the other Spanish work ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"of the tiste for the employment of terra-cotta, with all its i dangerous facilities in ornamental detail, of which that architect specially set the example. ..."

4. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1914)
"... but it would be an interminable task, omitting nothing, to portray in detail the several states and all their customs.” “That is rightly spoken. ..."

5. Ivanhoe: A Romance by Walter Scott (1895)
"... more to vindicate the probability of the scenes which we have detailed, and are about to detail, upon the more apocryphal authority of the Wardour MS. ..."

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