What does detail mean?

Definitions for detail
dɪˈteɪl, ˈdi teɪlde·tail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detail, item, pointnoun

    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

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

  2. detail, particular, itemnoun

    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    "it was perfect in all details"

  3. detailnoun

    extended treatment of particulars

    "the essay contained too much detail"

  4. detailnoun

    a crew of workers selected for a particular task

    "a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"

  5. contingent, detailverb

    a temporary military unit

    "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"

  6. detailverb

    provide details for

  7. detailverb

    assign to a specific task

    "The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"


  1. Detailverb

    To provide with fine or intricate added decoration.


  1. detailnoun

    Something small enough to escape casual notice.

  2. detailnoun

    A profusion of details.

    This etching is full of fine detail

  3. detailnoun

    Something considered trivial enough to ignore.

    I don't concern myself with the details of accounting

  4. detailnoun

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

    The arresting officer asked the suspect for his details.

  5. detailnoun

    A temporary unit or assignment.

  6. detailverb

    to explain in detail

    I'll detail the exact procedure to you later.

  7. detailverb

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

    We need to have the minivan detailed.

  8. detailverb

    to assign to a particular task

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Detailnoun

    A minute and particular account.

    Etymology: detail, French.

    I chuse, rather than trouble the reader with a detail here, to defer them to their proper place. John Woodward, Natural History.

    I was unable to treat this part of my subject more in detail, without becoming dry and tedious. Alexander Pope.

  2. To DETAILverb

    To relate particularly; to particularise; to display minutely and distinctly.

    Etymology: detailler, French.

    They will perceive the ground of the mistakes of these philosophers, and be able to answer their arguments, without my being obliged to detail them. George Cheyne, Phil. Princ.


  1. detail

    A detail is a specific or minute part or item that is considered separately from the whole. It can also refer to the particulars or the fine points of something or an individual feature or element. In broader terms, it can also refer to the extent or depth of an artistic or decorative design.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detailnoun

    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. Detailnoun

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

  3. Detailnoun

    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. Detailnoun

    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. Detailnoun

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

  6. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. detail

    A fact, piece of data or information.

    They had all the course details before so they could attend easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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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. dilate

  2. tailed

  3. edital

  4. dietal

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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. Glenda McKinley:

    The people were talking about the incidents as if they happened yesterday, the way they were able to recall every single detail about what happened — it was unmistakably a difficult time, but the pride, the courage, the determination — there were grown men who were able to articulate for the first time how it impacted their lives.

  2. David Long:

    No images have been taken of the Sun at such a close distance before and the level of detail they provide is impressive.

  3. Nawal El Moutawakel:

    Sites like the golf course, sites like the velodrome and the equestrian cross-country have very aggressive timelines in order to be ready for the test events, rio is entering the most intense period of preparations. A period where Rio must reach a new level of detail.

  4. Kevin Cramer:

    It throws President Donald Trump security detail off... but you can imagine President Donald Trump being the Matri D' at Trump Tower.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    He deployed to Afghanistan twice. First as a platoon leader, and a couple of years later when he was hand-picked to head up a security detail.

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  • detalleAragonese
  • تفصيل, تفاصيلArabic
  • детайл, детайлност, излагам подробно, подробностBulgarian
  • detallCatalan, Valencian
  • podrobnost, detailCzech
  • detalje, detaljerDanish
  • Einzelheit, detaillisieren, DetailGerman
  • detalo, detalaro, informojEsperanto
  • destacamento, detalleSpanish
  • täpselt selgitamaEstonian
  • komentaa, komennus, tarkentaa, yksityiskohta, määrätä, [[selittää]] [[tarkasti]], selittää [[yksityiskohtaisesti]], henkilötiedot, detalji, epäolennaisuusFinnish
  • détails, coordonnées, détachement, détail, détaillerFrench
  • detalleGalician
  • פרט, פרטיםHebrew
  • kirendel, részletez, részletHungarian
  • մանրուք, մանրամասArmenian
  • detaliar, detalioInterlingua
  • smáatriðiIcelandic
  • dettaglio, minuzia, particolare, dettagliareItalian
  • დეტალი, წვრილმანიGeorgian
  • smulkmena, detalėLithuanian
  • āmikiMāori
  • butiran, perincianMalay
  • kleinigheid, detachement, persoonsgegevens, detailDutch
  • identificação, detalhe, minúciasPortuguese
  • деталь, наряд, подробность, расчёт, тонкостьRussian
  • detachera, upplysning, information, enskildhet, utkommendering, kommendering, oväsentlighet, [[oväsentlig]] [[sak]], detalj, specificera, beskriva, avdela, detaljerat, detachement, detaljer, kommendera, räkna upp, ta utSwedish
  • విశదీకరించు, వివరంTelugu
  • наряд, детальUkrainian
  • 细节Chinese

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