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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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Quotes of detail

  1. I never examined what I did in any great detail because I thought it would spoil things. I never read the scripts at all carefully, and never wanted to know what was going on, because I felt that being a benevolent alien that's the way it should be. – Tom Baker
  2. I'm proud of Lord of the Rings. I think it's a once in a lifetime role, and a once in a lifetime film. It was made with so much care and passion and meticulous detail and everybody was so behind it. – Sean Bean
  3. Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail – Malcolm Bradbury
  4. In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies. – L. Sprague de Camp
  5. And for every project, because it takes years, you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple, vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit, you see that every detail is now clarified. – Christo
  6. One of the problems with sex education... is that it also strips kids- especially girls- of their modesty to have every detail of anatomy, physiology and condom usage made explicit. – James C. Dobson
  7. With NOAH, you can create some stunning, yet original soundscapes. Therefore, as a performance tool, it really comes into its own because you can make one single performance which has a lot of detail – Geoff Downes
  8. Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution. – Theophile Gautier
  9. We citizens don't need to know every detail of every military operation in this new kind of war. Nor should the media tell us and hence our enemy. – David Hackworth
  10. You can't imagine how much detail we know about brains. There were 28, 000 people who went to the neuroscience conference this year, and every one of them is doing research in brains. A lot of data. But there's no theory. There's a little, wimpy box on top there. – Jeff Hawkins
  11. Among other things they picked out a detail that Charles had been offered the Governorship of Hong Kong in its dying days by Thatcher in return for shutting up about the inner cities. He quite rightly in my view led the paper on this story. – Anthony Holden
  12. All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish. – Gustav Mahler
  13. When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain. – Donna Tartt
  14. I won't go into detail but this animated one, the story line is very cool and the kids seem to love it. – Blair Underwood

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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