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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: détail, from Old French detail 'piece cut off', from taillier 'to cut'

detail

1 noun
     
Related topics: Army
de‧tail1 S2 W1
1 [countable] a single feature, fact, or piece of information about something
detail of
She told me every detail of her trip.
down to the smallest/last detail (=completely)
Todd had planned the journey down to the smallest detail.
2 [uncountable] all the separate features and pieces of information about something
in detail
He described the process in detail (=using a lot of details).
This issue will be discussed in more detail in Chapter 5.
McDougal was reluctant to go into detail (=give a lot of details) about the new deal.
Editing requires great attention to detail.
the fine detail of the plan
have an eye for detail (=be skilled at noticing details)
Photographers need to have an eye for detail.
3

details

[plural] information that helps to complete what you know about something
details of
Full details of the incident were recently revealed.
details about
She refused to give any details about what had happened.
Details of the course can be found on our website.
further/more details
For further details, contact the personnel department.
4 [singular, uncountable]PMA technical a specific duty in the army, or the person or group with that duty:
the security detail

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