Meaning of detail

de•tail

Pronunciation: (n.di-tāl', dē'tālv.di-tāl'), [key]
— n.
  1. an individual or minute part; an item or particular.
  2. particulars collectively; minutiae.
  3. attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts: to postpone detail and concentrate on a subject as a whole.
  4. intricate, finely wrought decoration.
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  6. any small section of a larger structure or whole, considered as a unit.
  7. the kitchen detail.
    1. an appointment or assignment, as of a small group or an officer, for a special task.
    2. the party or person so selected:the kitchen detail.
    3. a particular assignment of duty.
  8. the property of an image or of a method of image production to make small, closely spaced image elements individually distinguishable.
  9. item by item; with particulars: The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.
—v.t.
  1. to relate or report with complete particulars; tell fully and distinctly.
  2. to mention one by one; specify; list: He detailed the events leading up to the robbery.
  3. to appoint or assign for some particular duty: We were detailed to patrol the border.
  4. to provide with intricate, finely wrought decoration: lingerie detailed with lace and embroidery.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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