verb (used with object), pro·filed, pro·fil·ing.
Origin of profile
Synonyms for profile
Related Words for profilingwrite, paint, mark, sketch, formulate, caricature, frame, describe, design, portray, depict, form, prepare, graph, draft, engrave, etch, profile, trace, express
Examples from the Web for profiling
Contemporary Examples of profiling
First on the to-do list, the profiling exercises to help the Western masses understand the nature of the wretched beast.ISIS and BS
October 15, 2014
Real-world profilers have to be careful, and are, not to indulge in facile ethnic, racial or religious “profiling.”Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
People are worried about profiling people for the color of their skin.Rand Paul’s Daddy Issues
July 28, 2014
An essential beginning to an investigation of this kind would be profiling of every passenger.Who Gagged the Search for MH370?
June 22, 2014
The Malaysians now say that nothing significant has been turned up from this profiling.MH370’s Black Boxes Are Dead but the Investigation Is Very Much Alive
April 14, 2014
- a vertical section of part of the earth's crust showing the layers of rock
- a representation of such a section
Word Origin for profile
by 1852 as a term in field engineering, verbal noun from profile (v.). The racial/ethnic stereotyping sense is attested from c.1991, American English.
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.
see keep a low profile.