elaboration

[ih-lab-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of elaborating.
2.
the state of being elaborated; elaborateness.
3.
something that is elaborated.
4.
Psychiatry. an unconscious process of expanding and embellishing a detail, especially while recalling and describing a representation in a dream so that latent content of the dream is brought into a logical and comprehensible order.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin ēlabōrātiōn- (stem of ēlabōrātiō), equivalent to ēlabōrāt- (see elaborate) + -iōn- -ion

self-elaboration, noun
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elaborate
 
adj
1.  planned or executed with care and exactness; detailed
2.  marked by complexity, ornateness, or detail
 
vb
3.  (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to add information or detail (to an account); expand (upon)
4.  (tr) to work out in detail; develop
5.  (tr) to make more complicated or ornate
6.  (tr) to produce by careful labour; create
7.  (tr) physiol to change (food or simple substances) into more complex substances for use in the body
 
[C16: from Latin ēlabōrāre to take pains, from labōrāre to toil]
 
e'laborately
 
adv
 
e'laborateness
 
n
 
elabo'ration
 
n
 
elaborative
 
adj
 
e'laborator
 
n

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elaboration
1570s, in a physiological sense relating to tissue development, from L. elaborationem (nom. elaboratio), from elaborare "work out, produce by labor," from ex- "out" + laborare "to labor."
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elaboration e·lab·o·ra·tion (ĭ-lāb'ə-rā'shən)
n.

  1. The process of working out in detail by labor and study.

  2. The mental process occurring partly during dreaming and partly during the recalling or telling of a dream, by means of which the latent content of the dream is brought into increasingly more coherent and logical order, resulting in the manifest content of the dream.


e·lab'o·rate' v.
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Example sentences
He's yet to return a phone call seeking elaboration.
Clearly, this is a complex and interesting subject that bears further
  elaboration and development.
The reason developing countries don't trust is rather known and needs no
  elaboration.
The above-stated views do need detailed elaboration and may represent an
  over-simplified picture.
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