detail

detail
de|tail1 W1S2 [ˈdi:teıl US dıˈteıl] n
[Date: 1600-1700; : French; Origin: détail, from Old French detail 'piece cut off', from taillier 'to cut']
1.)
a single feature, fact, or piece of information about something
detail of
She told me every detail of her trip.
down to the smallest/last detail
(=completely)
Todd had planned the journey down to the smallest detail.
2.) [U]
all the separate features and pieces of information about something
in detail
He described the process in detail (=using a lot of details) .
This issue will be discussed in more detail in Chapter 5.
McDougal was reluctant to go into detail (=give a lot of details) about the new deal.
Editing requires great attention to detail .
the fine detail of the plan
have an eye for detail
(=be skilled at noticing details)
Photographers need to have an eye for detail.
3.) details [plural]
information that helps to complete what you know about something
details of
Full details of the incident were recently revealed.
details about
She refused to give any details about what had happened.
Details of the course can be found on our website.
further/more details
For further details, contact the personnel department.
4.) [singular, U] technical
a specific duty in the army, or the person or group with that duty
the security detail
detail 2
detail2 v [T]
1.) to list things or give all the facts or information about something
The report details the progress we have made over the last year.
2.) detail sb to (do) sth
to officially order someone, especially soldiers, to do a particular job
Four soldiers were detailed to guard duty.
3.) AmE to clean a car very thoroughly, inside and out
British Equivalent: valet

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Detail- — Detail …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • détail — [ detaj ] n. m. • XIIe vendre à détail; de détailler 1 ♦ Le fait de livrer, de vendre ou d acheter par petites quantités ce qu on a acheté en gros. Commerce, magasin de détail. Marchand qui fait le gros, le demi gros et le détail (⇒ détaillant) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • détail — DÉTAIL. s. masc. Terme de Commerce, en parlant De marchandises, On ne s en sert guère qu en cette façon de parler adverbiale: En détail. Vendre en détail, débiter en détail, pour dire, Vendre, débiter par le menu, au poids, à l aune, à la petite… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • detail — Detail. s. m. Terme de commerce, en parlant de marchandises. On ne s en sert guere qu en ces phrases. Vendre en detail, debiter en detail, pour dire, Vendre par le menu. Detail, En parlant d affaires, & dans le recit qu on fait de quelque chose,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • detail — [di tāl′, dē′tāl΄] n. [Fr détail < the v.] 1. the act of dealing with things item by item [the detail of business] 2. a minute account [to go into detail] 3. any of the small parts that go to make up something; item; particular [the details of …   English World dictionary

  • Detail — De tail (d[=e] t[=a]l or d[ e]*t[=a]l ; 277), n. [F. d[ e]tail, fr. d[ e]tailler to cut in pieces, tell in detail; pref. d[ e] (L. de or dis ) + tailler to cut. See {Tailor}.] 1. A minute portion; one of the small parts; a particular; an item;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detail — De tail (d[ e]*t[=a]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detailing}.] [Cf. F. d[ e]tailler to cut up in pieces, tell in detail. See {Detail}, n.] 1. To relate in particulars; to particularize; to report minutely and distinctly;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detail — or details may refer to: Complexity or simply presence of a surface texture, work of art, or organizational behaviours Level of detail, a 3D computer graphics term Auto detailing, the process of thoroughly cleaning a car DETAIL (professional… …   Wikipedia

  • Detail — Sn Einzelheit erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. détail m., einer Ableitung von frz. détailler zerteilen, abteilen , zu frz. tailler schneiden, zerlegen und de , dis , aus l. tāliāre spalten , zu l. tālea f.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • detail — (n.) c.1600, from Fr. détail, from O.Fr. detail small piece or quantity, lit. a cutting in pieces, from detaillier cut in pieces, from de entirely (see DE (Cf. de )) + taillier to cut in pieces (see TAILOR (Cf. tailor …   Etymology dictionary

  • detail — ► NOUN 1) a small individual item or fact. 2) small items or facts collectively: attention to detail. 3) a small part of a picture reproduced separately for close study. 4) a small detachment of troops or police officers given a special duty. ►… …   English terms dictionary

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