de·tail /dɪˈte(ə)l, ˈdiˌtel/
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.
The details of the campaign in Italy. --Motley.
2. A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
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.
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.
De·tail v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detailed p. pr. & vb. n. Detailing.]
1. To relate in particulars; to particularize; to report minutely and distinctly; to enumerate; to specify; as, he detailed all the facts in due order.
2. Mil. To tell off or appoint for a particular service, as an officer, a troop, or a squadron.
Syn: -- Detail, Detach.
Usage: Detail respects the act of individualizing the person or body that is separated; detach, the removing for the given end or object.
n 1: an isolated fact that is considered separately from the
whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of
information" [syn: item, point]
2: a small part that can be considered separately from the
whole; "it was perfect in all details" [syn: particular,
3: extended treatment of particulars; "the essay contained too
4: a crew of workers selected for a particular task; "a detail
was sent to remove the fallen trees"
5: a temporary military unit; "the peace-keeping force includes
one British contingent" [syn: contingent]
v 1: provide details for
2: assign to a specific task; "The ambulances were detailed to
the fire station"