1. addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail

- an elaboration of the sketch followed

Similar word(s): amplification

Definition categories: act, expansion

2. the result of improving something

Similar word(s): refinement

Definition categories: event, advance, betterment, improvement

3. a discussion that provides additional information

Similar word(s): enlargement, expansion

Definition categories: communication, discourse, discussion, treatment

4. marked by elaborately complex detail

Similar word(s): elaborateness, intricacy, involution

Definition categories: attribute, complexity, complexness

5. developing in intricate and painstaking detail

Definition categories: act, development