profile

See also: Profile and profilé

English

 
profile view of a head (2)

Etymology

From French profil, from Italian profilo (a border), later also proffilo (a side-face, profile), from Latin pro (before) + filo (a line, stroke, thread), from filum (a thread); see file. Doublet of purfle.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɹəʊfaɪl/
  • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹoʊfaɪl/

Noun

profile (countable and uncountable, plural profiles)

  1. (countable) The outermost shape, view, or edge of an object.
    Synonym: contour
    His fingers traced the profile of the handle.
  2. (countable) The shape, view, or shadow of a person's head from the side; a side view.
    The brooch showed the profile of a Victorian woman.
  3. (countable) A summary or collection of information, especially about a person
    Law enforcement assembled a profile of the suspect.
  4. (Internet, countable) A specific page or field in which users can provide various types of personal information in software or Internet systems.
    I just updated my Facebook profile to show I got engaged.
  5. (figuratively, uncountable) Reputation, prominence; noticeability.
    Acting is, by nature, profession in which one must keep a high profile.
  6. (uncountable) The amount by which something protrudes.
    Choose a handle with a low profile so it does not catch on things.
  7. (archaeology) A smoothed (e.g., troweled or brushed) vertical surface of an excavation showing evidence of at least one feature or diagnostic specimen; the graphic recording of such as by sketching, photographing, etc.
  8. Character; totality of related characteristics; signature; status (especially in scientific, technical, or military uses).
    What's the thermal profile on that thing?
  9. (architecture) A section of any member, made at right angles with its main lines, showing the exact shape of mouldings etc.
  10. (civil engineering) A drawing exhibiting a vertical section of the ground along a surveyed line, or graded work, as of a railway, showing elevations, depressions, grades, etc.
  11. (military slang) An exemption from certain types of duties due to injury or disability.

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Verb

profile (third-person singular simple present profiles, present participle profiling, simple past and past participle profiled)

  1. (transitive) To create a summary or collection of information about (a person, etc.).
    • 2018, Clarence Green; James Lambert, “Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline-specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects”, in Journal of English for Academic Purposes, volume 35, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2018.07.004, page 106:
      A resource that profiles the important language of secondary disciplines by adapting the methods of EAP research could therefore be very useful for such pedagogy.
  2. To act based on such a summary, especially one that is a stereotype; to engage in profiling.
  3. (transitive) To draw in profile or outline.
  4. (transitive, engineering) To give a definite form by chiselling, milling, etc.
  5. (computing, transitive) To measure the performance of various parts of (a program) so as to locate bottlenecks.
    • 2006, Dr. Dobb's Journal
      [] a complete and intuitive profiler that supports numerous types of profiling modes and profilable applications.

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Verb

profile

  1. first-person singular present indicative of profiler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of profiler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of profiler
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of profiler
  5. second-person singular imperative of profiler