- 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 profiled
A young novelist dies, the American military is betrayed and James Patterson is profiled.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014
January 4, 2015
She was profiled on 60 Minutes, and awarded the Silver Star, only the second female to receive the honor since World War II.McCain’s 13 Favorite Soldiers
November 11, 2014
The Daily Beast's Foreign Editor was profiled on MSNBC's 'Weekends with Alex Witt.'Christopher Dickey on Matters Foreign and Domestic
September 25, 2014
Williams interviewed and profiled four D-Day veterans, showing his sensitive side without ever seeming maudlin.Hillary Clinton’s Network Massage
June 10, 2014
He was profiled in The New York Times and was named one of “12 State Legislators To Watch” by Governing Magazine.Did a Pennsylvania Republican Lose Because He’s Openly Gay?
May 23, 2014
D'Artagnan distinctly saw the land of France profiled in black against the white clouds of night.The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
On the west, mountains again, profiled along the sky, and alternating with broad tables that stretch between their bases.The White Chief
He smiled; and the two unseen spies, staring at that profiled head, saw the joy that was in the smile.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
The silhouette is profiled in black, and if the operation be skillfully performed, the resemblance will be perfect.
Bregg's long muzzle and sloping skull were profiled against the lights.The Stars, My Brothers
- 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 profiled
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.
- A side view of an object or structure, especially of the human head.
- A formal summary or analysis of data, often in the form of a graph or table, representing distinctive features or characteristics.
Idioms and Phrases with profiled
see keep a low profile.