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.
Synonym: 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.