[n. dih-teyl, dee-teyl; v. dih-teyl or for 13, dee-teyl]
an individual or minute part; an item or particular.
particulars collectively; minutiae.
attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts: to postpone detail and concentrate on a subject as a whole.
intricate, finely wrought decoration.
Engineering, detail drawing.
any small section of a larger structure or whole, considered as a unit.
an appointment or assignment, as of a small group or an officer, for a special task.
the party or person so selected: the kitchen detail.
a particular assignment of duty.
the property of an image or of a method of image production to make small, closely spaced image elements individually distinguishable.
verb (used with object)
to relate or report with complete particulars; tell fully and distinctly.
to mention one by one; specify; list: He detailed the events leading up to the robbery.
Military. to appoint or assign for some particular duty: We were detailed to patrol the border.
to provide with intricate, finely wrought decoration: lingerie detailed with lace and embroidery.
to thoroughly clean (a vehicle or part of a vehicle) and do minor repairs to improve its appearance: We detail the wheels and chrome to remove the rust.
in detail, item by item; with particulars: The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.

1595–1605; < French détail, Old French, noun derivative of detailler ‘to cut in pieces’, equivalent to de- dis-1 + tailler ‘to cut’ < Vulgar Latin *taliāre; see tailor

predetail, verb (used with object)

10. itemize, enumerate, catalog. Unabridged
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detail (ˈdiːteɪl)
1.  an item or smaller part that is considered separately; particular
2.  an item or circumstance that is insignificant or unimportant: passengers' comfort was regarded as a detail
3.  treatment of or attention to items or particulars: this essay includes too much detail
4.  items collectively; particulars
5.  a small or accessory section or element in a painting, building, statue, etc, esp when considered in isolation
6.  military
 a.  the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
 b.  the personnel selected
 c.  the duty or assignment
7.  go into detail to include all or most particulars
8.  in detail including all or most particulars or items thoroughly
9.  to list or relate fully
10.  military to select (personnel) for a specific duty
11.  to decorate or elaborate (carving, etc) with fine delicate drawing or designs
[C17: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de-dis-1 + tailler to cut; see tailor]

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Word Origin & History

1603, from Fr. détail, from O.Fr. detail "small piece or quantity," from detaillier "cut in pieces," from de- "entirely" + taillier "to cut in pieces." Modern sense is from Fr. en détail "piece by piece, item by item" (as opposed to en gros), a commercial term used where we would today
use retail. Military sense is 1708, from notion of "distribution in detail of the daily orders first given in general," including assignment of specific duties. The verb is from 1637.
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see in detail.

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Example sentences
If you have some specific examples of where you think it would be appropriate,
  however, you may want to share that detail.
But he is a bit mystified by the candidate's lack of attention to detail.
The grand jury indictment is graphic and troubling in its scope and detail.
But his own officials seem reluctant offer much convincing detail on local
  government compliance.
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