- the outline or contour of the human face, especially the face viewed from one side.
- a picture or representation of the side view of a head.
- an outlined view, as of a city or mountain.
- an outline of an object, as a molding, formed on a vertical plane passed through the object at right angles to one of its principal horizontal dimensions.
- a drawing or the like representing this.
- Surveying. a vertical section of the ground surface taken parallel to a survey line.Compare cross section(def 6).
- a verbal, arithmetical, or graphic summary or analysis of the history, status, etc., of a process, activity, relationship, or set of characteristics: a biochemical profile of a patient's blood; a profile of national consumer spending.
- an informal biography or a concisely presented sketch of the life and character of a person.
- Digital Technology. the personal details, images, user statistics, social media timeline, etc., that an individual creates and associates with a username or online account.
- a set of characteristics or qualities that identify a type or category of person or thing: a profile of a typical allergy sufferer.
- the look, configuration, or lines of something: cars with a modern profile.
- degree of noticeability; visibility.
- Psychology. a description of behavioral and personality traits of a person compared with accepted norms or standards.
- Theater. a flat stage property or scenic piece cut from a firm, thin material, as of beaverboard or plywood, and having an irregular edge resembling the silhouette of a natural object.
- (in a gear) the outline of either end of a tooth.
- Naval Architecture. a longitudinal elevation or section of a vessel.Compare outboard profile.
- to draw a profile of.
- to produce or present a history, description, or analysis of: The magazine will profile the candidate in its next issue.
Origin of profile
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Examples from the Web for profile
The exposure and buzz from Short Term have raised her profile considerably.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
December 29, 2014
So with the doors of late night closed to her, Slate had to scale down her ambitions to raise her profile.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career
December 15, 2014
Maybe--but he exploited his profile as effectively as any pinup.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
In a 2009 profile of the right-wing firebrand, The New Yorker called Savage “a heretic among heretics.”The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
May is seen smiling in a suit and red bowtie with white polka dots in his profile photo.What We Know About the FSU Shooter
November 20, 2014
Past K.'s profile Sidney could see the magnolia tree shaped like a heart.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Abruptly the man turned in his chair to summon a waiter, and exposed his profile.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
This resemblance was furthered by the fact that the man's profile was birdlike.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
I remained standing, my profile turned towards him at his request.My Double Life
She leaned forward, observing her profile; gravity seemed to be her mood.Alice Adams
- a side view, outline, or representation of an object, esp of a human face or head
- a view or representation of an object, esp a building, in contour or outline
- a short biographical sketch of a subject
- a graph, table, or list of scores representing the extent to which a person, field, or object exhibits various tested characteristics or tendenciesa population profile
- a vertical section of soil from the ground surface to the parent rock showing the different horizons
- a vertical section of part of the earth's crust showing the layers of rock
- a representation of such a section
- the outline of the shape of a river valley either from source to mouth (long profile) or at right angles to the flow of the river (cross profile)
- to draw, write, or make a profile of
- to cut out a shape from a blank (as of steel) with a cutter
Word Origin and History for profile
1650s, "a drawing of the outline of anything," from older Italian profilo "a drawing in outline," from profilare "to draw in outline," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + filare "draw out, spin," from Late Latin filare "to spin, draw out a line," from filum "thread" (see file (v.)). Meaning "a side view" is from 1660s. Meaning "biographical sketch, character study" is from 1734.
- An array of biochemical tests, usually involving the use of automated instrumentation, performed on individuals admitted to a hospital or clinic.
Idioms and Phrases with profile
see keep a low profile.