What does profile mean?

Definitions for profile
ˈproʊ faɪlpro·file

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. profilenoun

    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. profilenoun

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

  3. profilenoun

    biographical sketch

  4. visibility, profilenoun

    degree of exposure to public notice

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

  5. profileverb

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

  6. profileverb

    write about

    "The author of this article profiles a famous painter"

  7. profileverb

    represent in profile, by drawing or painting


  1. profilenoun

    the outermost shape, view, or edge of an object

    His fingers traced the profile of the handle.

  2. profilenoun

    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. profilenoun

    A summary or collection of information, especially about a person

    Law enforcement assembled a profile of the suspect.

  4. profilenoun

    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. profilenoun


  6. profilenoun

    the amount by which something protrudes

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

  7. profilenoun

    prominence; noticeability

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

  8. profilenoun

    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. profilenoun

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

    What's the thermal profile on that thing?

  10. profileverb

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

  11. profileverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Profilenoun

    The side face; half face.

    Etymology: profile, Fr.

    The painter will not take that side of the face, which has some notorious blemish in it; but either draw it in profile, or else shadow the more imperfect side. Dryden.

    Till the end of the third century, I have not seen a Roman emperor drawn with a full face: they always appear in profile, which gives us the view of a head very majestic. Addison.


  1. profile

    A profile is a concise description, summary, or overview that outlines the characteristics, traits, qualities, attributes, or distinctive features of a person, entity, place, object, or phenomenon. It can also refer to the side view or outline of something or someone. In a digital context, it can refer to a personal page or account representing an individual or organization on a social media or network platform.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profilenoun

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

  2. Profilenoun

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

  3. Profilenoun

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

  4. Profilenoun

    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. Profilenoun

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

  6. Profilenoun

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

  7. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. profilenoun

    Before time, place and order of a collection of data, programs, and more stored in a computer memory, book or on a storage device under a single identifying name. 1.) An outline of something, especially a person's face, as seen from one side.

    We are given a profile from our parents that is governed by the government at birth.

    Etymology: Identity

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 18, 2024  

  2. profile

    To input truthful personal information on an online account or application to describe the person with the username and other truthful, accurate and specific information required to have the account.

    Online profiles are truthful and honest.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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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.


  1. Profile

    the outline as seen from the side.

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. Kate Ellis:

    Every major medical association in the country supports healthcare for transgender youth, but Republican Gov. Abbott is ignoring experts on children's issues to cruelly and viciously target transgender young people, businesses that operate in Texas and host high-profile events like SXSW should contact Gov. Republican Gov. Abbott and let Republican Gov. Abbott know how this will make doing business in the state more difficult and that the only result of Republican Gov. Abbott action will be unnecessary harm to trans people and parents of trans youth.

  2. Gilead Sciences:

    The totality of the data need to be analyzed in order to draw any conclusions from the trial. Anecdotal reports, while encouraging, do not provide the statistical power necessary to determine the safety and efficacy profile of remdesivir as a treatment for Covid-19.

  3. Amy Buckman:

    This is a difficult day for everyone in our school community, mr. Bryant's connection to Lower Merion High School, where he played basketball prior to joining the NBA, has raised the profile of our high school and our district throughout the world. Our school community will always be grateful for his ongoing generosity to his alma mater, including his dedication of our Kobe Bryant gymnasium and his support of our girls and boys basketball teams.

  4. Feng Chongyi:

    He is well-connected in China and internationally. He knows high-profile people in the Communist Party and he believed that meant he could travel to China with relative impunity.

  5. Jim Kessler:

    We are watching a high-profile battle that I’ve never really seen before on these issues in the Republican Party, and part of it is clearly they think it’s a problem when they didn’t years ago. If they think it’s a problem, maybe it’s a problem.

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