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Definitions of detail

  1. a temporary military unit; " the peace- keeping force includes one British contingent"
  2. provide details for
  3. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; " several of the details are similar"; " a point of information"
  4. extended treatment of particulars; " the essay contained too much detail"
  5. a crew of workers selected for a particular task; " a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"
  6. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; " it was perfect in all details"
  7. assign to a specific task; " The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"
  8. A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
  9. The selection for a particular service of a person or a body of men; hence, the person or the body of men so selected.
  10. To relate in particulars; to particularize; to report minutely and distinctly; to enumerate; to specify; as, he detailed all the facts in due order.
  11. To tell off or appoint for a particular service, as an officer, a troop, or a squadron.
  12. 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.
  13. A detail drawing.
  14. 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.
  15. To relate minutely; enumerate; tell off for a given duty; to give particulars of.
  16. An item; a particular or minute account; a small detachment ( of troops), for special service.
  17. To relate minutely: to enumerate: to set apart for a particular service.
  18. A small part: a minute and particular account.
  19. A part; particular; minute account.
  20. To relate particularly; set apart for special duty.
  21. To report minutely.
  22. To select for special service.
  23. A particular or item; accessory.
  24. A minute narrative.
  25. A small detachment for some subordinate service.
  26. The minor parts of a composition to give verisimilitude and finish to it. In detail, part by part.
  27. A minute account or report of particulars; one or a body selected for a particular service.
  28. To relate or go over minutely; to select for a particular service.
  29. To give particulars; to relate minutely or distinctly.
  30. A minute or particular account; a narration of particulars.
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Usage examples for detail

  1. That's only a matter of detail, anyway. – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  2. And now, my worthy Antonio, I will tell you in detail all that took place at Capuzzi's after you had gone. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  3. In detail, perhaps not so fully. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. I stared, taking in every little detail. – Inside John Barth by William W. Stuart
  5. Garlock and James don't waste time trying to detail me on that kind of business, you know. – The Galaxy Primes by Edward Elmer Smith
  6. You can be sure I would not take the pains to do this, nor the pains to write you in detail, if you had not entered my mind in a serious way. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  7. I began gravely to examine myself in detail, beginning from the top of my head. – Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  8. Regina told Marcello in detail everything she knew about the events of the night, and much which she had found out earlier about Settimia but had never told him. – Whosoever Shall Offend by F. Marion Crawford
  9. Each division, after being given the same amount of training and fighting, would show up much the same, but put a division which had been fighting for six months alongside of one that had just arrived, and in every detail you could see the difference. – Average Americans by Theodore Roosevelt
  10. " Any detail is of use, sir," answered Ayscough, making another note. – The Orange-Yellow Diamond by J. S. Fletcher
  11. But it would have been a mistake to suppose that a detail was escaping him. – King--of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy
  12. So they parted at the door, and Aunt Sally brought her a chair and stood beside her, giving her every detail of the affair as far as she knew it. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  13. I detail you, for you've had rest compared with the other men. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  14. " Listen, I want you to know every detail. – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  15. It did not seem possible that two children could have thought of it all, and arranged every detail without the help of some older head. – Two Little Knights of Kentucky by Annie Fellows Johnston
  16. Every object, distant or near, is exact to the least detail. – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  17. He halted abruptly, as his eyes took in every detail of the scene. – Prairie Flowers by James B. Hendryx
  18. One detail of this work shows the German army at its best. – America's War for Humanity by Thomas Herbert Russell
  19. No; then it would be of no use my going into detail. – The House of Souls by Arthur Machen
  20. Each hoped to be in the detail sent ashore. – Dave Darrin at Vera Cruz by H. Irving Hancock
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