What does profile mean?

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ˈproʊ faɪlpro·file

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. profile(noun)

    an analysis (often in graphical form) representing the extent to which something exhibits various characteristics

    "a biochemical profile of blood"; "a psychological profile of serial killers"

  2. profile(noun)

    an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)

  3. profile(noun)

    biographical sketch

  4. visibility, profile(noun)

    degree of exposure to public notice

    "that candidate does not have sufficient visibility to win an election"

  5. profile(verb)

    a vertical section of the Earth's crust showing the different horizons or layers

  6. profile(verb)

    write about

    "The author of this article profiles a famous painter"

  7. profile(verb)

    represent in profile, by drawing or painting


  1. profile(Noun)

    the outermost shape, view, or edge of an object

    His fingers traced the profile of the handle.

  2. profile(Noun)

    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. profile(Noun)

    A summary or collection of information, especially about a person

    Law enforcement assembled a profile of the suspect.

  4. profile(Noun)

    a specific space 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. profile(Noun)


  6. profile(Noun)

    the amount by which something protrudes

    Choose a handle with a low profile so it does not catch on things.

  7. profile(Noun)

    prominence; noticeability

    Acting is, by nature, profession in which one must keep a high profile.

  8. profile(Noun)

    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.

  9. profile(Noun)

    character; totality of related characteristics; signature; status (especially in scientific, technical, or military uses)

    What's the thermal profile on that thing?

  10. profile(Verb)

    to create a summary or collection of information, especially about a person

  11. profile(Verb)

    to act based on such a summary; especially, to act on a stereotype. See profiling.

  12. Origin: From profil, from profilo, later also proffilo, from pro-, from pro + filo, from filum; see file.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profile(noun)

    an outline, or contour; as, the profile of an apple

  2. Profile(noun)

    a human head represented sidewise, or in a side view; the side face or half face

  3. Profile(noun)

    a section of any member, made at right angles with its main lines, showing the exact shape of moldings and the like

  4. Profile(noun)

    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

  5. Profile(noun)

    to draw the outline of; to draw in profile, as an architectural member

  6. Profile(noun)

    to shape the outline of an object by passing a cutter around it

  7. Origin: [It. profilo, fr. L. pro before + filum a thread, an outline, shape: cf. F. profil. See File arow, and cf. Purfle, Purl, a fringe.]


  1. Profile

    Profile is an album by American guitarist Pat Donohue, released in 2005. Most of the songs are written in a ragtime blues style that showcase Donohue's skillful guitar playing. In addition to his own compositions, Donohue also plays traditional blues songs, such as "Risin' River" and "Step it Up and Go".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Profile

    prō′fīl, n. an outline: a head or portrait in a side-view: the side-face: the outline of any object without foreshortening: a vertical section of country to show the elevations and depressions.—v.t. to draw in profile: to make an outline of: (mech.) to give a definite form by chiselling, milling, &c.—ns. Prō′filist, one who takes or makes profiles; Profil′ograph, an instrument for automatically recording the profile of the ground it traverses. [It. profilo (Fr. profil)—L. pro, before, filum, a thread.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. profile

    1. A control file for a program, esp. a text file automatically read from each user's home directory and intended to be easily modified by the user in order to customize the program's behavior. Used to avoid hardcoded choices (see also dot file, rc file). 2. [techspeak] A report on the amounts of time spent in each routine of a program, used to find and tune away the hot spots in it. This sense is often verbed. Some profiling modes report units other than time (such as call counts) and/or report at granularities other than per-routine, but the idea is similar. 3.[techspeak] A subset of a standard used for a particular purpose. This sense confuses hackers who wander into the weird world of ISO standards no end!

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. profile

    See flight profile.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. profile

    A section of a parapet or other work in fortification.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Profile

    The outline of a side view, so called from the Italian profilo, and Latin filum, a thread.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'profile' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4096

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'profile' in Nouns Frequency: #1446

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profile in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of profile in a Sentence

  1. Edgar Gutierrez:

    His political profile is to make fun of politics.

  2. Chief Executive Officer Ken Powell:

    It's more about providing the right product profile.

  3. Carrie Lam:

    They care about the country's international profile.

  4. Samantha Kwok:

    They already have in mind a very set candidate profile.

  5. Peder Beck-Friis:

    Given that profile, it actually offers a very good return.

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