detail


detail
detail (n.) c.1600, from Fr. détail, from O.Fr. detail "small piece or quantity," lit. "a cutting in pieces," from detaillier "cut in pieces," from de- "entirely" (see DE- (Cf. de-)) + taillier "to cut in pieces" (see TAILOR (Cf. tailor)). Modern sense is from Fr. en détail "piece by piece, item by item" (as opposed to en gros), a commercial term used where we would today use retail. Military sense is 1708, from notion of "distribution in detail of the daily orders first given in general," including assignment of specific duties. The verb is from 1630s. Related: Detailed; detailing.

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  • Detail- — Detail …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • détail — [ detaj ] n. m. • XIIe vendre à détail; de détailler 1 ♦ Le fait de livrer, de vendre ou d acheter par petites quantités ce qu on a acheté en gros. Commerce, magasin de détail. Marchand qui fait le gros, le demi gros et le détail (⇒ détaillant) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • détail — DÉTAIL. s. masc. Terme de Commerce, en parlant De marchandises, On ne s en sert guère qu en cette façon de parler adverbiale: En détail. Vendre en détail, débiter en détail, pour dire, Vendre, débiter par le menu, au poids, à l aune, à la petite… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • detail — Detail. s. m. Terme de commerce, en parlant de marchandises. On ne s en sert guere qu en ces phrases. Vendre en detail, debiter en detail, pour dire, Vendre par le menu. Detail, En parlant d affaires, & dans le recit qu on fait de quelque chose,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • detail — [di tāl′, dē′tāl΄] n. [Fr détail < the v.] 1. the act of dealing with things item by item [the detail of business] 2. a minute account [to go into detail] 3. any of the small parts that go to make up something; item; particular [the details of …   English World dictionary

  • Detail — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detail — De tail (d[ e]*t[=a]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detailed}; 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detail — or details may refer to: Complexity or simply presence of a surface texture, work of art, or organizational behaviours Level of detail, a 3D computer graphics term Auto detailing, the process of thoroughly cleaning a car DETAIL (professional… …   Wikipedia

  • Detail — Sn Einzelheit erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. détail m., einer Ableitung von frz. détailler zerteilen, abteilen , zu frz. tailler schneiden, zerlegen und de , dis , aus l. tāliāre spalten , zu l. tālea f.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • detail — ► NOUN 1) a small individual item or fact. 2) small items or facts collectively: attention to detail. 3) a small part of a picture reproduced separately for close study. 4) a small detachment of troops or police officers given a special duty. ►… …   English terms dictionary


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