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.
adv : thoroughly (including all important particulars); "he
studied the snake in detail"