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[n] an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
[n] extended treatment of particulars; "the essay contained too much detail"
[n] a crew of workers selected for a particular task; "a detail was sent to remove the fallen trees"
[n] a temporary military unit; "the peace-keeping force includes one British contingent"
[n] a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; "it was perfect in all details"
[v] assign to a specific task; "The ambulances were detailed to the fire station"
[v] provide details for

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\De"tail\ (d[=e]"t[=a]l or d[-e]*t[=a]l"; 277), n. [F. d['e]tail, fr. d['e]tailler to cut in pieces, tell in detail; pref. d['e]- (L. de or dis-) + tailler to cut. See {Tailor}.]
1. A minute portion; one of the small parts; a particular; an item; -- used chiefly in the plural; as, the details of a scheme or transaction. The details of the campaign in Italy. --Motley.
2. A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
3. (Mil.) The selection for a particular service of a person or a body of men; hence, the person or the body of men so selected. {Detail drawing}, a drawing of the full size, or on a large scale, of some part of a building, machine, etc. {In detail}, in subdivisions; part by part; item; circumstantially; with particularity. Syn: Account; relation; narrative; recital; explanation; narration.
\De"tail\ (d[-e]*t[=a]l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detailed} (-t[=a]ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Detailing}.] [Cf. F. d['e]tailler to cut up in pieces, tell in detail. See {Detail}, n.]
1. To relate in particulars; to particularize; to report minutely and distinctly; to enumerate; to specify; as, he detailed all the facts in due order.
2. (Mil.) To tell off or appoint for a particular service, as an officer, a troop, or a squadron. Syn: {Detail}, {Detach}. Usage: Detail respect the act of individualizing the person or body that is separated; detach, the removing for the given end or object.
\De*tail"\, n. (Arch. & Mach.) (a) A minor part, as, in a building, the cornice, caps of the buttresses, capitals of the columns, etc., or (called {larger details}) a porch, a gable with its windows, a pavilion, or an attached tower. (b) A detail drawing. {In detail}, in subdivisions; part by part; item by item; circumstantially; with particularity.

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