elaboration

Elaboration means "adding details." Kids are famous for answering, "Good," when asked how school was, and, "Nothing," when asked what they learned. If pressed for elaboration, they will tell about their classes and maybe even what they had for lunch.

Elaboration is the result of going that extra mile, such as when your history teacher asks for five paragraphs on the Fall of Rome, and you write three pages, or when your friend, instead of giving you a regular birthday card, creates a mini-scrapbook with photos and mementos from the past year. As you can see, elaboration takes time and energy because you go into greater detail than usual.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: elaboration

1
n
developing in intricate and painstaking detail
2
n
a discussion that provides additional information
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: elaboration
1

n developing in intricate and painstaking detail

Synonyms:
working out
Type of:
development
act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining

n addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail

“an elaboration of the sketch followed”
Synonyms:
amplification
Type of:
expanding upon, expansion
adding information or detail

n the result of improving something

Synonyms:
refinement
Type of:
advance, betterment, improvement
a change for the better; progress in development

n marked by elaborately complex detail

Synonyms:
elaborateness, intricacy, involution
Type of:
complexity, complexness
the quality of being intricate and compounded
2

n a discussion that provides additional information

Synonyms:
enlargement, expansion
Types:
expatiation
a discussion (spoken or written) that enlarges on a topic or theme at length or in detail
embellishment, embroidery
elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
Type of:
discourse, discussion, treatment
an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
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