details, detailing, detailed
(The pronunciation [[t]dɪte͟ɪl[/t]]u> is also used in American English.)
1) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N of n The details of something are its individual features or elements.

The details of the plan are still being worked out...

No details of the discussions have been given...

I recall every detail of the party.

2) N-PLURAL: oft N of n/wh, adj N Details about someone or something are facts or pieces of information about them.

See the bottom of this page for details of how to apply for this exciting offer...

Full details will be announced soon.

3) N-COUNT: oft adj N A detail is a minor point or aspect of something, as opposed to the central ones.

Only minor details now remain to be settled.

4) N-UNCOUNT You can refer to the small features of something which are often not noticed as detail.

We like his attention to detail and his enthusiasm.

5) N-COUNT A detail of a picture is a part of it that is printed separately and perhaps made bigger, so that smaller features can be clearly seen.
6) VERB If you detail things, you list them or give information about them.

[V n] The report detailed the human rights abuses committed during the war. [Also V how]

7) VERB If someone is detailed to do a task or job, they are officially ordered to do it. [FORMAL]

[V n to-inf] He detailed a constable to take it to the Incident Room. [Also V n to n]

8) PHRASE: V inflects If someone does not go into details about a subject, or does not go into the detail, they mention it without explaining it fully or properly.

He said he had been in various parts of Britain but did not go into details...

Neither of them were prepared to go into the detail of their talks.

9) PHRASE If you examine or discuss something in detail, you do it thoroughly and carefully.

We examine the wording in detail before deciding on the final text.

English dictionary. 2008.


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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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