A sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci of a model in profile.
- The definition of a profile is the side view of someone or something or a brief biography of a person.
An example of a profile is an artist painting a portait of the left side of a person's face.
- Profile is defined as to create an overview about a person or thing.
An example of to profile is to write a paragraph about a person describing their strengths and accomplishments.
- a side view of the face
- a drawing of such a view
- a view of anything in contour; outline: the profile of a distant hill
- a short, vivid biographical and character sketch
- a degree of exposure to or contact with others, esp. the public: a celebrity who keeps a low profile after a scandal
- a graph, diagram, piece of writing, etc. presenting or summarizing data relevant to a particular person or thing
- a set of characteristics developed for use in identifying a particular person or thing as likely to belong to a certain group, to engage in a certain activity, etc.
- Archit. a side or sectional elevation of a building, etc.
Origin of profileItalian profilo from profilare, to outline from pro- ( from Classical Latin pro-), before + filo ( from Classical Latin filum), thread, line: see pro and file
transitive verb-·filed·, -·fil·ing
- to sketch, write, or make a profile of
- to give or assign a specified profile to
- to identify or single out by means of a profile (noun) of
- a. A side view of an object or structure, especially of the human head.b. A representation of an object or structure seen from the side. See Synonyms at form.
- An outline of an object. See Synonyms at outline.
- Degree of exposure to public notice; visibility: preferred to keep a low profile.
- A biographical account presenting the subject's most noteworthy characteristics and achievements.
- a. A set of characteristics that identify or are thought to identify a particular type of person: The police assembled a profile of the car thief.b. A formal summary or analysis of data, often in the form of a graph or table, representing distinctive features or characteristics: a biochemical profile of blood.
- Geology A vertical section of soil or rock showing the sequence of the various layers.
transitive verbpro·filed, pro·fil·ing, pro·files
- To draw or shape a profile of.
- To produce a profile of: profiled the singer in a magazine article.
- To engage in the ethnic or racial profiling of (a person).
Origin of profileItalian profilo from profilare to draw in outline pro- forward ( from Latin prō- ; see pro- 1. ) filare to draw a line ( from Medieval Latin fīlāre to spin ) ( from Latin fīlum thread ; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.)
c. 1475 Portrait of a Young Woman by Antonio del Pollaiolo (1430?-1498)
(countable and uncountable, plural profiles)
- (countable) the outermost shape, view, or edge of an object
- His fingers traced the profile of the handle.
- (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.
- (countable) A summary or collection of information, especially about a person
- Law enforcement assembled a profile of the suspect.
- (countable) 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.
- (uncountable) reputation
- (uncountable) the amount by which something protrudes
- Choose a handle with a low profile so it does not catch on things.
- (uncountable) prominence; noticeability
- Acting is, by nature, profession in which one must keep a high profile.
- (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.
- Character; totality of related characteristics; signature; status (especially in scientific, technical, or military uses).
- What's the thermal profile on that thing?
- (architecture) A section of any member, made at right angles with its main lines, showing the exact shape of mouldings etc.
- (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.
- (print mode or selection) portrait
(third-person singular simple present profiles, present participle profiling, simple past and past participle profiled)
- to create a summary or collection of information, especially about a person
- to act based on such a summary; especially, to act on a stereotype. See profiling.
profile - Computer Definition
(2) A list of user preferences. See user profile.
(3) A report of processing time spent within the routines of an executing program in order to figure out how to optimize the code for greater efficiency.
(4) A list of parameters read by a program in order to modify its behavior.