a piece or item of a whole:[countable]The picture he drew was perfect in every detail.
particular or individual parts, taken as a group:[uncountable]his attention to detail.
complicated decoration created with great care and attention:[uncountable]the careful detail in those tiny statues.
a small section of a larger whole, esp. of a photograph magnified to show what the eye would not otherwise be able to see:[countable]A close-up detail of the rocket launcher showed where the faulty hose was connected.
Military an individual or group selected for a special task, or the task itself:[countable]the kitchen detail.
v.[~ + object]
to mention one by one; list fully:The employees were asked to detail their complaints.
Militaryto appoint or assign (soldiers) for duty:A squad was detailed to find the deserters and bring them to the captain.
Idiomsin detail, item by item:We went into each complaint in detail.
de•tailed,adj.: a detailed explanation.See -tail-.