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Detail appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "Detail a termite!" Tim retaliated.
  • Animal loots foliated detail of stool lamina.
  • No Women’s Lib regrets affiliated a detail if faster gerbils Nemo won.
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Usage statistics for the noun detail:

spoken English32.01%written English67.99% conversational speech15.82%task-oriented speech84.18% imaginative writing26.94%informational writing73.06%
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Definition of the noun detail

What does detail mean as a name of something?

Detail is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: details

  1. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
    • example: several of the details are similar
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of detail: item / point
    • more generic word: fact = a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
    • more specific terms:
  2. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
  3. extended treatment of particulars
    • example: the essay contained too much detail
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: discourse / discussion / treatment = an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
  4. a crew of workers selected for a particular task
    • example: a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic terms: crew / gang / work party = an organized group of workmen
  5. a temporary military unit

Alternative definition of the noun detail


  1. [countable] Something small enough to escape casual notice.
  2. [uncountable] A profusion of details.
  3. Something considered trivial enough to ignore.
  4. [countable] A person's name, address and other personal information.
  5. [military] A temporary unit or assignment.

Definition of the verb detail

What does detail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: detailed | detailing | details

  1. provide details for
  2. assign to a specific task
    • example: The ambulances were detailed to the fire station
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: assign / set apart / specify = select something or someone for a specific purpose

Alternative definition of the verb detail


  1. [transitive] to explain in detail
  2. [transitive] (US (?)) to clean carefully (particularly a car)
  3. [transitive][military] to assign to a particular task


Who is Detail?

Detail a.k.a. Noel "Detail" Fisher: Noel Fisher, professionally known as Detail, is an American music producer and recording artist from Detroit, Michigan.


"Detail" is a 2004 short film directed by Avi Mograbi.

  • countries: Israel, France
  • languages: Arabic Language, Hebrew Language
  • released in (11 years ago)


DETAIL is the international professional journal for architecture and construction details produced by Detail publishers. Each issue deals with a specific aspect of building, such as concrete construction, roof structures or refurbishment, whereby emphasis is placed on the quality of the building details. Up-to-date examples are selected from schemes around the world, and these are illustrated with plans and details drawn to a consistent scale as well as with photographs. The journal focuses on the depiction of new developments in the form of descriptive texts, constructional drawings and photos. The target group comprises above all architects, engineers and other specialists from the field of construction.

Phrases with Detail

  1. detail file
  2. in detail
  3. Into Detail

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Detail

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Google previewLanguage Power: Grades 3-5 Level B Teacher's Guide (2012)

by Christine Dugan

A supporting detail is what helps prove the main idea. The first chapter is called A Field Trip. The main idea is that a class went on afield trip to a fire station. A supporting detail is that the class met firefighters and learned about fire engines.

Google previewFingerprint Analysis Laboratory Workbook (2014)

by Hillary Moses Daluz

The latent print examiner compares the first-, second-, and third-level detail of the latent with the known print without the imposition of bias (Figure 16.1). First-level detail refers to the overall flow of the ridges, pattern type, and the position of the ...

Google previewThe Gospel of Luke (1991)

by Luke Timothy Johnson

The second detail is that the questions concerning Jesus, messiahship and sonship are separated rather than combined (as in the parallels). There is ...

Google previewHarrap's essential English Dictionary (1996)

Detail is the mass of individual features, points and items of which something consists, that can be noticed when it is...

A detail is a small section of a painting reproduced separately and usually enlarged. o- verb: details, detailing, ...

Google previewThe Brickbuilder (1910)

as a result there is no work in the world so crudely, barbarously detailed as American work. The final reason for crude detail is the s mistaken idea that big things are impressive, indicate strength and power, and show breadth of conception.

Google previewKnow Doubt (2014)

Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith by John Ortberg

v This detail is a very deliberate part of the story — here's why . These were the Philistines — Israel's enemies . There out on top, don't be deceived . That was first-day ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

DETAIL, v. dé-tdl' [F. détail, a detail; détaille'r, to divide, to piecemeal—from F. dé, L. de, fully: F. tailler, to cut]: to give particulars, to relate minutely or distinctly; in mat, to appoint men for certain temporary duties: N. dé'tdl, a minute or particular ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary (1914)

An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language

g * See detail sketch A (Figure 7). c Hand-lever operating drags a which act on ground in landing. e Small hand-lever for spark control. /Small hand-lever for ...

Google previewThe Encyclopædic Dictionary of Photography (1896)

Containing Over 2,000 References and 500 Illustrations by Walter E. Woodbury

A small stop gives greater detail in the shadows, sending the light rays more directly, or in straighter line, through the screen. 3d. The larger stops allow the light to spread, and so have relatively a greater influence in filling up the high lights.

Google previewDictionary of Construction Terms (2014)

by Simon Tolson

Typical detail A drawing or other description of an area of work, which is repeated at many locations in the project. Such details may be produced during RIBA Outline ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

insular, isolated, neutral, remote, removed, unbiased, unconcerned, unconnected, uninvolved, withdrawn detached and unbiased: objective detachedly analytical: clinical detachment: coolness, detail, disinterest, division, indifference, patrol, ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Engineering (2014)

A Guide to the Language of Engineering by Ron Hanifan

Detail Drawing A detail drawing provides the complete ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 7 - Derunov: Konstantin Nikolaevitch (1972)

Dobrzhinksy: Yevgeniy Narkisovitch to Egypt: Libraries in by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour

The term detail cards is used to identify a particular application of punched cards in an information system. In any information system environment there are standard files containing information relating to the environment and there are random ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

□ W—a percept that refers to the entire ink blot insofar as the subject sees the entire blot as the particular object itself, rather than seeing only a detail, or part of the blot as an object. A reasonable ...

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Usage statistics about detail

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun detail:

spoken English32.01%written English67.99% conversational speech15.82%task-oriented speech84.18% imaginative writing26.94%informational writing73.06%

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Quotes about Detail

Caress the detail, the divine detail. (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Scrabble value of D2E1T1A1I1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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