detail

Definitions

  • The Ration Detail
    The Ration Detail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v detail assign to a specific task "The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"
    • v detail provide details for
    • n detail an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole "several of the details are similar","a point of information"
    • n detail extended treatment of particulars "the essay contained too much detail"
    • n detail a crew of workers selected for a particular task "a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"
    • n detail a temporary military unit "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"
    • n detail a small part that can be considered separately from the whole "it was perfect in all details"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing detailed foliage patterns Showing detailed foliage patterns
Detail of the Library Table Detail of the Library Table
Detail of the Princess Dresser Detail of the Princess Dresser
Detail of the Fern Stand Detail of the Fern Stand
Detail of the Wardrobe Detail of the Wardrobe
Detail of Serving Table Detail of Serving Table
Detail of Umbrella Stand Detail of Umbrella Stand
Detail of the Stand Detail of the Stand

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Detail (Arch. & Mach) A detail drawing.
    • Detail (Arch. & Mach) 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.
    • Detail 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."
    • Detail A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
    • Detail (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.
    • Detail To provide with fine or intricate added decoration.
    • Detail To relate in particulars; to particularize; to report minutely and distinctly; to enumerate; to specify; as, he detailed all the facts in due order.
    • Detail (Mil) To tell off or appoint for a particular service, as an officer, a troop, or a squadron.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • detail To divide or set off; specifically, to set apart for a particular service; appoint to a separate duty: chiefly in military use: as, to detail a corporal's guard for fatigue duty or as an escort; to detail an officer.
    • detail To relate, report, or narrate in particulars; recite the particulars of; particularize; tell fully and distinctly: as, to detail all the facts in due order.
    • detail To give details or particulars about something.
    • n detail An individual part; an item; a particular: as, the account is accurate in all its details; the point objected to is an unimportant detail; collectively (without a plural), particulars; particulars considered separately and in relation to the whole: as, a matter of detail.
    • n detail In the fine arts, etc., a relatively small, subordinate, and particular part, as distinguished from a general conception or from larger parts or effects; also, such parts collectively (in the singular).
    • n detail A minute account; a narrative or report of particulars: as, he gave a detail of all the transaction.
    • n detail Milit., the selection of an individual or a body of troops for a particular service; the person or persons so selected; a detachment.
    • n detail Individually; part by part.
    • n detail Synonyms Relation, recital.
    • n detail Squad.
    • n detail The service on which one is detailed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • v.t Detail de-tāl′ to relate minutely: to enumerate: to set apart for a particular service
    • v.i Detail to give details about anything
    • n Detail (de-tāl′, or dē′tāl) a small part: an item: a particular account
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Quotations

  • James Gulliver
    James Gulliver
    “Retail is detail.”
  • William B. Given
    William B. Given
    “Details often kill initiative, but there have been few successful men who weren't good at details. Don't ignore details. Lick them.”
  • Paul De Gondi
    Paul De Gondi
    “In a major matter no details are small.”
  • Heraclitus
    Heraclitus
    “Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    Pablo%20Picasso
    “One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite -- that particular peach is but a detail.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.”

Idioms

Devil is in the detail - When people say that the devil in the detail, they mean that small things in plans and schemes that are often overlooked can cause serious problems later on.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. détail, fr. détailler, to cut in pieces, tell in detail; pref. dé-,L. de, or dis-,) + tailler, to cut. See Tailor

Usage

In literature:

Its details will be read in the history which follows.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
However spring came around again and we forgot all about those details.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
In describing the doctrines of Socialism I do not mean to state in detail the whole of the Socialistic theories.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
And, it won't be long; I've heard the details of a cut-and-dried plan.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The experience of its garrison differed only in terrible details from Boncelles.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Most of the details are indeed Gothic, but there is little detail, and the whole is entirely Eastern in aspect.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
I shall transmit to Congress, as soon as it becomes public, a full detail of its operations.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
Tresler avoided the details of his journey; nor did the blind man seem in any way interested in his personal affairs.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Add all the details, and the sum total is nothing more than the group of details.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Tears will not change one detail.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Historical construction has thus to be performed with an incoherent mass of minute facts, with detail-knowledge reduced as it were to a powder.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
However, whether he ate breakfast or not was a detail.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
As the last detail of mounting, set the eyes.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Perhaps this is in no instance more remarkable than in the opinion we form upon the subject of detail in works of art.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
Let me have a written report: full details, but concise as possible.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
How we became friends, how often we met, by just what means I evaded my nurse, all these details are vague to me now.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
He stood there while the final details of his enterprise were completed.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The veteran police officer took in every detail of this and mentally admitted that it was clever, deucedly clever, acting.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
But these be details.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Detailed to go a-foraging, brought in two loads of corn from the south.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
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In poetry:

Out o' the wilderness, dusty an' dry
(Time, an' 'igh time to be trekkin' again!)
' Oo is it 'eads to the Detail Supply ?
A section, a pompom, an 'six' 'undred men.
"Columns" by Rudyard Kipling
THE tutor liked his own details to hear,
And entertaining made his tales appear:
The num'rous perils that the fair had fled,
Who laughed aside, no doubt, at what he said.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
The eldest daughter and the little wife
Spoke plainly in your bearing's least detail,—
Already 'twas, alas! our altered life
That stared me from behind your dotted veil.
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
THE king with noble feasts the court regaled,
At which Alaciel pleasantly detailed
just what she liked, or true or false, 'twas clear;
The prince and courtiers were disposed to hear.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
The dreadful Hareem, though it knows how to blow,
Expends all its strength in a minute or so;
When the vessel had foundered, as I have detailed,
The tempest subsided, and quiet prevailed.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
We must work with a will if we hope to prevail:
Truth's stranger than fiction, and never will fail.
No pen can portray such scenes and such tales
As are found in our private and police details.
"To Members And Office-Bearers of Temperance Societies" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

2013 Hyundai Equus has striking design with horizontal radiator grille and HID headlights with jeweled detailing.
Complete details for Biwa .
OK, the incredible details of the operation to silence Osama bin Laden are, indeed, irresistible -- but our government's been saying way too much about them, tipping off al Qaeda and clueing in.
Decoded DNA Reveals Details Of Black Death Germ.
Detail of a 1986 show flier from Secret History of Cedar Valley.
A Human Rights Watch report details vivid evidence of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's.
They reject bandwagon joiners and insist upon detailed rules of etiquette.
The Minnesota Twins released the details Thursday, Oct 4, of a right-field bleacher renovation to start this month.
The DNA of modern humanity's closest extinct relative is undergoing detailed analysis.
The P30 can then report the details of the blob to the user via TCP/IP.
Details of a confidential informant, 228 pounds of marijuana and a wrestling superstar emerge from the arrest of a local medical marijuana spiritual leader.
Complete details for Blue Point Grille.
Map of the Winds, c 1650 (detail).
But in the telling, the details of such relationships, like cute baby stories and sexual specifics, tend to be embarrassing and remarkably monotonous.
Emerging Details on Alpana Singh's New Venture, The Boarding House .
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In science:

An observed ring will depend on the source’s detailed brightness profile, so our result does not furnish a method for making detailed models of rings.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
We skip the details of this reduction, since they are the extensions of the details in and we have given some essential steps in section III.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
For more details on equivariant cohomology see and and for a detailed exposition of the formalism of equivariant forms and the equivariant differential, see .
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
We will just touch upon a few, without giving a detailed description of the physical system; the reader is referred to the respective references for the details.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
We consider in this work the theoretical formulation of stochastic excitation by Samadi & Goupil (2001, hereafter Paper I, see also Samadi (2001) for a detailed summary) which includes a detailed treatment of turbulent convection.
Numerical constraints on the model of stochastic excitation of solar-type oscillations
In this paper we will avoid any detailed discussion of the language of multicategories and construction of opetopic sets; this has been discussed in detail in our earlier work (, , ).
An alternative characterisation of universal cells in opetopic n-categories
We will therefore examine in detail the properties of collisional interference in the forward direction in this more general case; the details of the calculations are given in two appendices (gradient expansion of the interaction term within the S -matrix collision Ansatz).
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
We refer to [L-W] and [L] for details on Poisson Lie groups and Poisson Lie group actions and to [L-Ra]) for details on πAN .
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
Before entering into the details, I need some technical facts about connections on the fibred product (see Section 4 for more details) of any two principal bundles.
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations
Second, detailed comparison of selection effects and measurement techniques between theoretical and observational studies will enable more detailed and rigorous comparison between observational and synthetic datasets.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
One can of course take the details of this reply as “filling in” Sider’s position, e.g. as giving details about how the best-system theory of laws applies to mechanics, rather than as providing an alternative to Sider’s position.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Further details concerning increments may be found in Kent and Wood (1997) and Chan and Wood (2000); we only give brief details here.
Estimation of fractal dimension for a class of Non-Gaussian stationary processes and fields
We refer to for details of arithmetic intersection theory, and to for details of heights of subvarieties.
Canonical heights for random iterations in certain varieties
Details are given in ref. . A procedure has been developed to take into account the efiects of the pileup in the muon system, as detailed in .
The CMS High Level Trigger
As described here, this allows one to solve conceptual problems in the physics of black holes, and also in cosmology as detailed elsewhere [105, 79, 106], while parameters can be fixed in detail by consistency conditions or phenomenology.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
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