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. 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.

Synonyms: Account, relation, narrative, recital, explanation, narration.

Origin: F. Detail, fr. Detailler to cut in pieces, tell in detail; pref. De- (L. De or dis-) + tailler to cut. See Tailor.

(01 Mar 1998)