detail-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: specific facts related to an event

Commentary: DETAIL[+event][+occurrence][+actual]
NOTE: implies truth or falsity of the detail, different from sense 2

The police asked her about the details of the incident
The reporter got the details of the story wrong.
There is one small detail he forgot to mention.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: small subordinate components of larger structures

Commentary: DETAIL[+structure][+component][+subordinate][+small]
NOTE: focus is on the role of being a small component of something bigger.
NOTE: the detail is a thing in itself, not a fact about something.

This diagram is a detail of the right ventricle of the human heart.
The faces in this fresco are drawn in fine detail.
I have too many details to attend to at work these days.
This job requires meticulous attention to detail.
Mary admired the ornamental details on the facade of the building.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: an extended account or description

Commentary: DETAIL[+activity][+account][+extended]
NOTE: focus is on the activity of telling about the event (different from Sense 1)
NOTE: often occurs in the adverbial phrase 'in detail'
NOTE: does not occur in the plural.

The book describes the storm at sea in great detail.
He told me about his operation in gory detail.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: small task force

Commentary: DETAIL[+group][+unit][+task][+small]

The minister was always surrounded by a detail of security officers.
The commandos sent out a detail that night to do reconnaissance on the enemy.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 5

Sense Number 5: an assigned duty or ask

Commentary: DETAIL[+activity][+task][+duty][+assigned]
NOTE: usually preceded by modifier describing the type of task.

The sergeant assigned three privates to cleanup detail.
At camp my work detail was to pitch the tents.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2b