Definition of detail noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdiːteɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːteɪl//
    , also NAmE//dɪˈteɪl//
    Describing art
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  1. 1  [countable] a small individual fact or item; a less important fact or item an expedition planned down to the last detail He stood still, absorbing every detail of the street. Tell me the main points now; leave the details till later.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the small facts or features of something, when you consider them all together This issue will be discussed in more detail in the next chapter. The research has been carried out with scrupulous attention to detail. He had an eye for detail (= noticed and remembered small details). The fine detail of the plan has yet to be worked out.
  3. 3  details [plural] information about something Please supply the following details: name, age and sex. Further details and booking forms are available on request. They didn't give any details about the game. ‘We had a terrible time—’ ‘Oh, spare me the details (= don't tell me any more).’
  4. small parts
  5. 4[countable, uncountable] a small part of a picture or painting; the smaller or less important parts of a picture, pattern, etc. when you consider them all together This is a detail from the 1844 Turner painting. a huge picture with a lot of detail in it See related entries: Describing art
  6. soldiers
  7. 5[countable] a group of soldiers given special duties
  8. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘minor items or events regarded collectively’): from French détail (noun), détailler (verb), from dé- (expressing separation) + tailler ‘to cut’ (based on Latin talea ‘twig, cutting’).Extra examples ‘We had a terrible time—’ ‘Oh, spare me the details= don’t tell me any more.’ Briefly describe the product, but do not give any technical details at this stage. Can you give me some concrete details of how you’ve been saving money? Click here for more details posted by Ken. Details of the pension plan are set out below. Ensure that your diagrams contain the appropriate level of detail. Enter your details in the form below then click on ‘submit’. Every new animal or plant found was recorded in meticulous detail. Everyone must approve the basic plan before the final details are drawn up. For details contact Joanna Morland. For more detail on how to obtain a visa, see page 8. He described the event to his friends in excruciating detail. He had overlooked one crucial detail. He had shared intimate details of his life with a stranger. He has an excellent eye for detail. He leaves experts to sweat the details. He only managed to give the police a few sketchy details of the robbery. Her short stories are full of detail and humour. Historians claim to have uncovered details of the writer’s secret affair. I can still remember the accident in graphic detail. I don’t need to know the precise details of your quarrel. I don’t want to go into any more detail than absolutely necessary. I haven’t looked at the proposal in detail yet. I haven’t sorted out the practical details of getting there yet. I must correct some points of detail in your article on Barcelona. I only know the barest details of his plans. I won’t go into detail about the threats she made. I’ll give you a call later and fill you in on the details. It is important to get even the small details right. It was a small but telling detail. Make sure you check the details of the policy before you sign it. Natalie handled the details of her travel. New details are emerging on the alleged terror plot. Now let us examine this idea in greater detail. She had memorized every detail of his body. She remembered every last detail of what I’d told her the month before. She revealed the details of her plan. She was telling me all the juicy details of her love life. Spill the gory details about your worst relationship. The book covers the nitty-gritty details of starting a business. The book provides a wealth of detail on daily life in Ancient Rome. The city council refused to disclose details of the proposed traffic ban. The committee refused to disclose details of the proposals. The computer records the details of everyone entering the country. The details surrounding his death are not known. The diary contains intimate details of their life together. The receipt shows details of the item purchased. The report uncovers disturbing details of abuse. The report was criticized for its lack of detail. The rules are set out in detail in chapter seven. The secret of their success lies in their attention to detail. The secretary took my details and said they would get back to me. The speech was well delivered but lacking in detail. They wrote to confirm the details of the meeting. They’re still arguing over the details of the contract. This detail suggests that the killer knew his victim. Tomorrow’s papers will contain full details of the case. We haven’t yet worked out the travel details. We still need to negotiate the details of the contract. We’ll give you full details of how to enter our competition later. You can find out more details of the offer from your local travel agent. the mundane details of his daily life ‘We had a terrible time.’ ‘Oh, spare me the details!’ Further details about the service are available on request. He stood still, absorbing every detail of his surroundings. Oh that’s just a detail —we can deal with it later. Our personnel officer will take your details. Please supply the following details: name, address and phone number. Sharon will fill you in on the details. Tell me everything—don’t leave out the smallest detail. Tell me the main points and leave the details till later. The didn’t give any details about the game. The police will not release the details of the case at this point.Idioms to explain something fully I can't go into details now; it would take too long.
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