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top: a painting of the Chateau of Chillon by William Baptiste Baird (1847-1899?)
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de·tail

 (dĭ-tāl′, dē′tāl′)
n.
1. An individual part or item; a particular: discussed the details of the proposal.
2. Particulars considered individually and in relation to a whole: careful attention to detail.
3. A minor or an inconsequential item or aspect; a minutia: skipped the details to get to the main point.
4. A minute or thorough treatment or account: went into detail about his travels.
5.
a. A discrete part or portion of a work, such as a painting, building, or decorative object, especially when considered in isolation.
b. A representation of such a part or portion: a detail of a Rembrandt portrait illustrating the technique of chiaroscuro.
6.
a. A small elaborated element of a work of art, craft, or design.
b. Such elements considered together: the intricate detail of a rococo altarpiece.
c. The rendering of artistic detail: the fine detail of the painter's brushwork.
7.
a. A group of military personnel assigned to a particular duty, usually a fatigue duty.
b. The duty assigned: garbage detail.
tr.v. (dĭ-tāl′) de·tailed, de·tail·ing, de·tails
1. To report or relate explicitly or in particulars: detailed the charges against the defendant.
2. To provide with artistic or decorative detail: detailed the quilt with colorful appliqué.
3. To assign to a particular duty: "The musicians and other non-combatants were detailed to carry the stretchers" (Peter Cozzens).
4. To clean (a car interior, for example) meticulously.
5. To market to (a physician) the drugs sold by one's company,
Idiom:
in detail
With attention to particulars; thoroughly or meticulously: explained her proposal in detail.

[French détail, from Old French detail, a piece cut off, from detaillir, to cut up : de-, de- + tailler, taillier, to cut; see tailor.]

de·tail′er n.

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. (Art Terms) a small or accessory section or element in a painting, building, statue, etc, esp when considered in isolation
6. (Military) military
a. the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
b. the personnel selected
c. the duty or assignment
7. go into detail to include all or most particulars
8. in detail including all or most particulars or items thoroughly
vb (tr)
9. to list or relate fully
10. (Military) military to select (personnel) for a specific duty
11. (Art Terms) to decorate or elaborate (carving, etc) with fine delicate drawing or designs
[C17: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de- dis-1 + tailler to cut; see tailor]

de•tail

(dɪˈteɪl, ˈdi teɪl)

n.
1. an individual part; particular.
2. particulars collectively.
3. attention to or treatment of a subject in individual parts.
4. intricate, finely wrought decoration.
5. any small section of a larger structure or whole, esp. an area of a drawing or photograph magnified to show what the eye would not otherwise distinguish.
6. the property of an image or a method of image production making small, closely spaced elements individually distinguishable.
7.
a. an assignment, as of military personnel, for a special task.
b. the party or person so selected: the kitchen detail.
v.t.
8. to relate with all particulars; tell fully.
9. to mention one by one; list.
10. to appoint or assign for some particular duty.
11. to provide with intricate, finely wrought decoration.
Idioms:
in detail, item by item; with particulars.
[1595–1605; < French détail, Old French, n. derivative of detailler to cut in pieces. See tailor]

detail

- Comes from French de-, "removal," and tailler, "cut in pieces," and means "to relate or describe minutely."
See also related terms for removal.

detail

The basic graphic representation of features.

Detail

 a small body of men detailed for special duties, 1780. See also detachment.

detail

details
1. 'detail'

A detail is an individual feature or element of something.

I can still remember every single detail of that night.
He described it down to the smallest detail.
2. 'details'

If you obtain details of something, you obtain information about it.

You can get details of nursery schools from the local authority.
Further details are available online.

Be Careful!
Don't say that you obtain 'detail' of something.

detail


Past participle: detailed
Gerund: detailing

Imperative
detail
detail
Present
I detail
you detail
he/she/it details
we detail
you detail
they detail
Preterite
I detailed
you detailed
he/she/it detailed
we detailed
you detailed
they detailed
Present Continuous
I am detailing
you are detailing
he/she/it is detailing
we are detailing
you are detailing
they are detailing
Present Perfect
I have detailed
you have detailed
he/she/it has detailed
we have detailed
you have detailed
they have detailed
Past Continuous
I was detailing
you were detailing
he/she/it was detailing
we were detailing
you were detailing
they were detailing
Past Perfect
I had detailed
you had detailed
he/she/it had detailed
we had detailed
you had detailed
they had detailed
Future
I will detail
you will detail
he/she/it will detail
we will detail
you will detail
they will detail
Future Perfect
I will have detailed
you will have detailed
he/she/it will have detailed
we will have detailed
you will have detailed
they will have detailed
Future Continuous
I will be detailing
you will be detailing
he/she/it will be detailing
we will be detailing
you will be detailing
they will be detailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been detailing
you have been detailing
he/she/it has been detailing
we have been detailing
you have been detailing
they have been detailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been detailing
you will have been detailing
he/she/it will have been detailing
we will have been detailing
you will have been detailing
they will have been detailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been detailing
you had been detailing
he/she/it had been detailing
we had been detailing
you had been detailing
they had been detailing
Conditional
I would detail
you would detail
he/she/it would detail
we would detail
you would detail
they would detail
Past Conditional
I would have detailed
you would have detailed
he/she/it would have detailed
we would have detailed
you would have detailed
they would have detailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detail - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
fact - a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case"
minutia - a small or minor detail; "he had memorized the many minutiae of the legal code"
nook and cranny, nooks and crannies - something remote; "he explored every nook and cranny of science"
regard, respect - (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point; "it differs in that respect"
sticking point - a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal
technicality, trifle, triviality - a detail that is considered insignificant
2.detail - a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; "it was perfect in all details"
component part, part, portion, component, constituent - something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"
high spot, highlight - the most interesting or memorable part; "the highlight of the tour was our visit to the Vatican"
3.detail - extended treatment of particulars; "the essay contained too much detail"
discussion, discourse, treatment - an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased"
4.detail - a crew of workers selected for a particular task; "a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"
work party, crew, gang - an organized group of workmen
5.detail - a temporary military unit; "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
Verb1.detail - provide details for
elaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, flesh out, exposit, enlarge, expand - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
2.detail - assign to a specific task; "The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"
set apart, assign, specify - select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"

detail

noun
2. fine point, part, particular, trifle, technicality, nicety, minutiae, triviality, unimportant point, matter of no importance or consequence Only minor details now remain to be settled.
3. (Military) party, force, body, unit, troop, section, duty, squad, crew, assignment, fatigue, detachment His personal detail totalled sixty men.
verb
1. list, describe, relate, catalogue, portray, specify, depict, recount, rehearse, recite, narrate, delineate, enumerate, itemize, tabulate, particularize The report detailed the human rights abuses committed.
2. appoint, name, choose, commission, select, elect, delegate, nominate, assign, allocate, charge He detailed someone to take it to the Incident Room.
in detail comprehensively, completely, fully, thoroughly, extensively, inside out, exhaustively, point by point, item by item Examine the wording in detail before deciding on the final text.

detail

noun
1. An individually considered portion of a whole:
2. One of the conditions or facts attending an event and having some bearing on it:
3. A small, often specialized element of a whole:
4. A unit of troops on special assignment:
verb
To make specific:
Translations
تفاصيلتَفاصيلتفصيلتَفْصيلتَفْصِيل
detailpodrobnost
detaljeenkelhed
täpselt selgitama
yksityiskohtadetaljihenkilötiedot
detalj
részletezés
smáatriîismáatriîi; hluti
細部
세부
detalėdetalėsdetaliaidetalussmulkiai
detaļasīkums
detail
podrobnopodrobnost
detalj
รายละเอียด
chi tiết

detail

[ˈdiːteɪl]
A. N
1. (gen) → detalle m
there are still one or two details to sort outhay todavía un par de detalles or cosas que concretar
to go into detail(s)entrar en detalles, pormenorizar
down to the last detailhasta el más mínimo detalle
for further details contact J. Simspara más información póngase en contacto con J. Sims
2. (taken collectively) → detalles mpl
the wonderful detail of the paintingla maravillosa minuciosidad del cuadro
attention to detailminuciosidad f
in detailen detalle, detalladamente
3. (Mil) → destacamento m
B. VT
1. [+ facts, story] → detallar
2. (Mil) → destacar (to do sth para hacer algo)

detail

[ˈdiːteɪl]
n
(= point) → détail m
to have an eye for detail → être attentif/ive aux détails
attention to detail → attention portée aux détails
a minor detail → un petit détail
a mere detail → un simple détail
see below for details → voir plus loin pour plus de détails
in detail → en détail
to go into details (= be specific) → entrer dans les détails
(MILITARY) (= group of soldiers) → détachement m
vt (= list) → raconter en détail, énumérer
(MILITARY) to detail sb for sth [+ task] → affecter qn à qch, détacher qn pour qch

detail

n
Detail nt; (particular) → Einzelheit f; (= part of painting, photo etc)Ausschnitt m; (= insignificant circumstance)unwichtige Einzelheit; in detailim Detail, in Einzelheiten; in great detailin allen Einzelheiten, ausführlich; in every detailmit or in allen Einzelheiten; every detail was taken care ofjede Kleinigkeit wurde beachtet; there’s one little detail you’ve forgotteneine Kleinigkeit haben Sie (noch) vergessen; please send me further detailsbitte schicken Sie mir nähere or weitere Einzelheiten; I didn’t want to hear the detailsich wollte die Einzelheiten (gar) nicht hören; to go into detailsauf Einzelheiten eingehen, ins Detail gehen; his attention to detailseine Aufmerksamkeit für das Detail
(Mil) → Sondertrupp m
vt
facts, storyausführlich or genau berichten; the specifications are fully detailed on page 3die genaue Ausführung wird auf Seite 3 aufgeführt
(Mil) troopsabkommandieren (for zu, to do um zu tun)

detail

[ˈdiːteɪl]
1. n
a. (gen) → particolare m, dettaglio; (part of painting) → particolare
his attention to detail → la sua minuziosità
in detail → nei particolari
to go into detail(s) → entrare nei dettagli
b. (Mil) → piccolo distaccamento
2. vt
a. (list, items, facts) → elencare dettagliatamente
b. (Mil) → distaccare
to detail sb (for) → assegnare qn (a)

detail

(ˈdiːteil) , ((American also) diˈteil) noun
1. a small part or an item. She paid close attention to the small details.
2. all the small features and parts considered as a whole. Look at the amazing detail in this drawing!
ˈdetailed adjective
giving many details with nothing left out. His instructions were very detailed.
in detail
item by item, giving attention to the details. I'll tell you the story in detail.

detail

تَفْصِيل detail detalje Einzelheit λεπτομέρεια detalle yksityiskohta détail detalj dettaglio 細部 세부 detail detalj szczegół detalhe деталь detalj รายละเอียด ayrıntı chi tiết 详情

detail

n. detalle;
in ___con detalle, detalladamente;
v. detallar, destacar;
to go into ___explicar todo detalladamente.
References in classic literature ?
To save you the trouble of wading through a lot of scientific detail, which I know you don't care about, I'll tell you that the story is about a queer idol of solid gold, weighing many pounds, and, in consequence, of great value.
It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.
Never would Edna Pontellier forget the shock with which she heard Madame Ratignolle relating to old Monsieur Farival the harrowing story of one of her accouchements, withholding no intimate detail.
As Munro listened to the detail of Duncan, the excited feelings of the father gradually gave way before the obligations of his station, and when the other was done, he saw before him nothing but the veteran, swelling with the wounded feelings of a soldier.
To hold her perfectly in the pinch of that, I found I had only to ask her how, if I had "made it up," I came to be able to give, of each of the persons appearing to me, a picture disclosing, to the last detail, their special marks--a portrait on the exhibition of which she had instantly recognized and named them.
So that when I shall hereafter detail to you all the specialities and concentrations of potency everywhere lurking in this expansive monster; when I shall show you some of his more inconsiderable braining feats; I trust you will have renounced all ignorant incredulity, and be ready to abide by this; that though the Sperm Whale stove a passage through the Isthmus of Darien, and mixed the Atlantic with the Pacific, you would not elevate one hair of your eye-brow.
Of these older people many wear clothing reminiscent in some detail of home--an embroidered waistcoat or stomacher, or a gaily colored handkerchief, or a coat with large cuffs and fancy buttons.
But, all this time, who shall detail the tribulations manifold of our friend Miss Ophelia, who had begun the labors of a Southern housekeeper?
If I had known how to name them, I should then have signed off in detail from all the societies which I never signed on to; but I did not know where to find such a complete list.
Still, I was sane enough to notice this detail, to wit: many of the terms used in the most matter-of- fact way by this great assemblage of the first ladies and gentlemen in the land would have made a Comanche blush.
Percy Northumberland Driscoll, brother to the judge, and younger than he by five years, was a married man, and had had children around his hearthstone; but they were attacked in detail by measles, croup, and scarlet fever, and this had given the doctor a chance with his effective antediluvian methods; so the cradles were empty.
Every detail of the damaging circumstances that occurred in the graveyard upon that morning which all present remembered so well was brought out by credible witnesses, but none of them were cross- examined by Potter's lawyer.