What does detail mean?

Definitions for detail
dɪˈteɪl, ˈdi teɪlde·tail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detail, item, point(noun)

    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

    "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"

  2. detail, particular, item(noun)

    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    "it was perfect in all details"

  3. detail(noun)

    extended treatment of particulars

    "the essay contained too much detail"

  4. detail(noun)

    a crew of workers selected for a particular task

    "a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"

  5. contingent, detail(verb)

    a temporary military unit

    "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"

  6. detail(verb)

    provide details for

  7. detail(verb)

    assign to a specific task

    "The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"


  1. Detail(v. t.)

    To provide with fine or intricate added decoration.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. dtailler to cut up in pieces, tell in detail. See Detail, n.]


  1. detail(Noun)

    Something small enough to escape casual notice.

  2. detail(Noun)

    A profusion of details.

    This etching is full of fine detail

  3. detail(Noun)

    Something considered trivial enough to ignore.

    I don't concern myself with the details of accounting

  4. detail(Noun)

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

    The arresting officer asked the suspect for his details.

  5. detail(Noun)

    A temporary unit or assignment.

  6. detail(Verb)

    to explain in detail

    I'll detail the exact procedure to you later.

  7. detail(Verb)

    (US (?)) to clean carefully (particularly a car)

    We need to have the minivan detailed.

  8. detail(Verb)

    to assign to a particular task

  9. Origin: détail, from detail, from detaillier, from de- + taillier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detail(noun)

    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. Detail(noun)

    a narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars

  3. Detail(noun)

    the selection for a particular service of a person or a body of men; hence, the person or the body of men so selected

  4. Detail(noun)

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

  5. Detail(noun)

    to tell off or appoint for a particular service, as an officer, a troop, or a squadron

  6. Origin: [Cf. F. dtailler to cut up in pieces, tell in detail. See Detail, n.]



    DETAIL is the international professional journal for architecture and construction details produced by Detail publishers. Each issue deals with a specific aspect of building, such as concrete construction, roof structures or refurbishment, whereby emphasis is placed on the quality of the building details. Up-to-date examples are selected from schemes around the world, and these are illustrated with plans and details drawn to a consistent scale as well as with photographs. The journal focuses on the depiction of new developments in the form of descriptive texts, constructional drawings and photos. The target group comprises above all architects, engineers and other specialists from the field of construction.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detail

    de-tāl′, v.t. to relate minutely: to enumerate: to set apart for a particular service.—v.i. to give details about anything.—n. (de-tāl′, or dē′tāl) a small part: an item: a particular account.—adj. Detailed′, giving full particulars: exhaustive.—In detail, circumstantially, point by point. [O. Fr. detaillerde, inten., and tailler, to cut. See Tailor.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'detail' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1762

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'detail' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1489

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'detail' in Nouns Frequency: #217

Anagrams for detail »

  1. tailed

  2. dilate

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  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detail in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of detail in a Sentence

  1. Bob Cardinale:

    The home has an incredible amount of detail.

  2. Alfred North Whitehead:

    We think in generalities, but we live in detail.

  3. David Pullman:

    We wanted to do everything right in terms of the detail.

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

  5. Apurva Shah:

    The time, intensity and the detail of the audits has increased.

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Translations for detail

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  • detalleAragonese
  • تفصيل, تفاصيلArabic
  • детайлност, подробност, детайл, излагам подробноBulgarian
  • detallCatalan, Valencian
  • detail, podrobnostCzech
  • detalje, detaljerDanish
  • Einzelheit, Detail, detaillisierenGerman
  • informoj, detalo, detalaroEsperanto
  • detalle, destacamentoSpanish
  • täpselt selgitamaEstonian
  • yksityiskohta, epäolennaisuus, detalji, henkilötiedot, selittää [[yksityiskohtaisesti]], tarkentaa, määrätä, [[selittää]] [[tarkasti]], komennus, komentaaFinnish
  • détail, coordonnées, détails, détachement, détaillerFrench
  • detalleGalician
  • פרטים, פרטHebrew
  • kirendel, részlet, részletezHungarian
  • մանրամաս, մանրուքArmenian
  • detalio, detaliarInterlingua
  • smáatriðiIcelandic
  • dettaglio, particolare, minuzia, dettagliareItalian
  • დეტალი, წვრილმანიGeorgian
  • smulkmena, detalėLithuanian
  • āmikiMāori
  • perincian, butiranMalay
  • detail, detachement, kleinigheid, persoonsgegevensDutch
  • detalhe, minúcias, identificaçãoPortuguese
  • тонкость, деталь, наряд, расчёт, подробностьRussian
  • detachera, kommendering, oväsentlighet, [[oväsentlig]] [[sak]], detalj, specificera, beskriva, avdela, detaljerat, detachement, detaljer, kommendera, räkna upp, utkommendering, ta ut, information, enskildhet, upplysningSwedish
  • వివరం, విశదీకరించుTelugu
  • деталь, нарядUkrainian
  • 细节Chinese

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