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Dictionary Definition

detail

Noun

1 an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" [syn: item, point]
2 a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; "it was perfect in all details" [syn: particular, item]
3 extended treatment of particulars; "the essay contained too much detail"
4 a crew of workers selected for a particular task; "a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"
5 a temporary military unit; "the peace-keeping force includes one British contingent" [syn: contingent]

Verb

1 provide details for
2 assign to a specific task; "The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • Noun:
    • (UK, US) dē'tāl, /ˈdiːteɪl/, /"di:teIl/
    • (US) dĭtāl', /dɪˈteɪl/, /dI"teIl/
  • Verb:
    • (UK) dē'tāl, /ˈdiːteɪl/, /"di:teIl/
    • (US) dĭtāl', /dɪˈteɪl/, /dI"teIl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪl

Noun

detail (countable and uncountable; plural details)
  1. Something small enough to escape casual notice.
    Note this fine detail in the lower left corner.
    We missed several important details in the contract.
  2. A profusion of details.
    This etching is full of fine detail
  3. Something considered trivial enough to ignore.
    I don't concern myself with the details of accounting
  4. (plural details) A person's name, address and other personal information.
    The arresting officer asked the suspect for his details.
  5. a temporary unit or assignment.

Derived terms

Translations

something small enough to escape casual notice
uncountable: a profusion of details
something considered trivial enough to ignore
plural: personal information
military: temporary unit

Verb

  1. to explain in detail
    I'll detail the exact procedure to you later.
  2. (US (?)) to clean carefully (particularly a car)
    We need to have the minivan detailed.
  3. to assign to a particular task

Derived terms

Translations

US (?): to clean carefully (particularly a car)
military: to assign to a particular task

Extensive Definition

Detail or details may refer to:
detail in German: Detail
detail in Estonian: Detail
detail in Slovak: Detail

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