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; -- used chiefly in the plural; as, the details of a scheme or transaction. [1913 Webster]

The details of the campaign in Italy. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

2. A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) The selection for a particular service of a person or a body of men; hence, the person or the body of men so selected. [1913 Webster]

4. (Arch. & Mach.) (a) A minor part, as, in a building, the cornice, caps of the buttresses, capitals of the columns, etc., or (called {larger details}) a porch, a gable with its windows, a pavilion, or an attached tower. (b) A detail drawing.

{Detail drawing}, a drawing of the full size, or on a large scale, of some part of a building, machine, etc.

{In detail}, in subdivisions; part by part; item by item; circumstantially; with particularity.

Syn: Account; relation; narrative; recital; explanation; narration. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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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 ), 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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