profile


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
click for a larger image
profile
c. 1475 Portrait of a Young Woman by Antonio del Pollaiolo (1430?-1498)

pro·file

 (prō′fīl′)
n.
1.
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.
2. An outline of an object. See Synonyms at outline.
3. Degree of exposure to public notice; visibility: preferred to keep a low profile.
4. A biographical account presenting the subject's most noteworthy characteristics and achievements.
5.
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.
6. Geology A vertical section of soil or rock showing the sequence of the various layers.
tr.v. pro·filed, pro·fil·ing, pro·files
1. To draw or shape a profile of.
2. To produce a profile of: profiled the singer in a magazine article.
3. To engage in the ethnic or racial profiling of (a person).

[Italian 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).]

pro′fil·er n.

profile

(ˈprəʊfaɪl)
n
1. a side view, outline, or representation of an object, esp of a human face or head
2. (Architecture) a view or representation of an object, esp a building, in contour or outline
3. a short biographical sketch of a subject
4. a graph, table, or list of scores representing the extent to which a person, field, or object exhibits various tested characteristics or tendencies: a population profile.
5. (Geological Science) a vertical section of soil from the ground surface to the parent rock showing the different horizons
6. (Geological Science)
a. a vertical section of part of the earth's crust showing the layers of rock
b. a representation of such a section
7. (Physical Geography) the outline of the shape of a river valley either from source to mouth (long profile) or at right angles to the flow of the river (cross profile)
vb (tr)
8. to draw, write, or make a profile of
9. (Crafts) to cut out a shape from a blank (as of steel) with a cutter
[C17: from Italian profilo, from profilare to sketch lightly, from pro-1 + Latin fīlum thread]

pro•file

(ˈproʊ faɪl)

n., v. -filed, -fil•ing. n.
1. the outline or contour of the human face viewed from one side.
2. a picture or representation of the side view of a head.
3. an outlined view, as of a city or mountain.
4. an outline of an object, as a molding, formed on a vertical plane passed through the object at right angles to one of its principal horizontal dimensions.
5. a graphic representation of this.
6. a verbal, arithmetical, or graphic summary of a process, activity, or set of characteristics: a profile of consumer spending.
7. an informal biographical sketch.
8. a set of characteristics or qualities that identify a type or category of person or thing: a profile of a typical allergy sufferer.
9. the look or general contour of something.
10. degree of noticeability; visibility: a mayor with a high profile.
v.t.
11. to draw, write, or produce a profile of.
[1650–60; < Italian prof(f)ilo, n. derivative of profilare to delineate, outline =pro- pro-1 + -filare, derivative of filo line, thread < Latin fīlum]
pro′fil•er, n.

profile

- Literally "draw in outline" or "shown by a thread," from Latin pro, "forth," and filum, "thread."
See also related terms for outline.

profile

profile


Past participle: profiled
Gerund: profiling

Imperative
profile
profile
Present
I profile
you profile
he/she/it profiles
we profile
you profile
they profile
Preterite
I profiled
you profiled
he/she/it profiled
we profiled
you profiled
they profiled
Present Continuous
I am profiling
you are profiling
he/she/it is profiling
we are profiling
you are profiling
they are profiling
Present Perfect
I have profiled
you have profiled
he/she/it has profiled
we have profiled
you have profiled
they have profiled
Past Continuous
I was profiling
you were profiling
he/she/it was profiling
we were profiling
you were profiling
they were profiling
Past Perfect
I had profiled
you had profiled
he/she/it had profiled
we had profiled
you had profiled
they had profiled
Future
I will profile
you will profile
he/she/it will profile
we will profile
you will profile
they will profile
Future Perfect
I will have profiled
you will have profiled
he/she/it will have profiled
we will have profiled
you will have profiled
they will have profiled
Future Continuous
I will be profiling
you will be profiling
he/she/it will be profiling
we will be profiling
you will be profiling
they will be profiling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been profiling
you have been profiling
he/she/it has been profiling
we have been profiling
you have been profiling
they have been profiling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been profiling
you will have been profiling
he/she/it will have been profiling
we will have been profiling
you will have been profiling
they will have been profiling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been profiling
you had been profiling
he/she/it had been profiling
we had been profiling
you had been profiling
they had been profiling
Conditional
I would profile
you would profile
he/she/it would profile
we would profile
you would profile
they would profile
Past Conditional
I would have profiled
you would have profiled
he/she/it would have profiled
we would have profiled
you would have profiled
they would have profiled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.profile - 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"
chart - a visual display of information
population profile - a chart showing the number of people as a function of their ages
2.profile - an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)
side view - a view from the side of something
3.profile - biographical sketch
biography, life history, life story, life - an account of the series of events making up a person's life
4.profile - degree of exposure to public noticeprofile - degree of exposure to public notice; "that candidate does not have sufficient visibility to win an election"
salience, saliency, strikingness - the state of being salient
low profile - a state of low visibility in which public notice is avoided; "he was never one to keep a low profile"
5.profile - a vertical section of the Earth's crust showing the different horizons or layers
cross section - a section created by a plane cutting a solid perpendicular to its longest axis
soil profile - a vertical section of soil from the ground surface to the parent rock
horizon - a specific layer or stratum of soil or subsoil in a vertical cross section of land
soil horizon - a layer in a soil profile
Verb1.profile - write about; "The author of this article profiles a famous painter"
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
indite, pen, write, compose - produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
2.profile - represent in profile, by drawing or painting
interpret, represent - create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"

profile

noun
1. outline, lines, form, figure, shape, silhouette, contour, side view His handsome profile was turned away from us.
2. biography, sketch, vignette, characterization, thumbnail sketch, character sketch The newspaper published comparative profiles of the candidates.
3. analysis, study, table, review, survey, chart, examination, diagram, graph a profile of the hospital's catchment area
verb
1. describe, outline, write about, portray, sketch, depict, characterize, give an account of He was profiled in a TV documentary about gifted children.
keep a low profile lie low, keep quiet, keep out of sight, avoid publicity, keep yourself to yourself He has kept a low profile throughout this whole affair.

profile

noun
A line marking and shaping the outer form of an object:
Translations
صورَةٌ جانِبِيَّه
profil
profil
profiloida
profil
vangasvipur
profils
profil
profil
profilyan görünüş

profile

[ˈprəʊfaɪl]
A. N
1. (= side view, outline) → perfil m
in profilede perfil
2. (= description, portrait) → reseña f, perfil m; (TV programme) → perfil m
see also customer B
3. (= public image)
her work with the Fund has given her a very high profilela labor que ha realizado para el Fondo ha dado gran relieve a su figura or la ha lanzado a un primer plano
military men continued to have a high profile in the administrationlos militares seguían ocupando una posición destacada en la administración
to keep or maintain a low profiletratar de pasar desapercibido
to raise the profile of sth/sbrealzar la imagen de algo/algn
see also high-profile
B. VT
1. (= show in profile) → perfilar
2. (= describe) [+ situation, candidate] → describir; [+ person's life] → hacer un perfil de

profile

[ˈprəʊfaɪl] n
[face] → profil m
to keep a low profile [person] → faire profil bas, adopter un profil bas
to have a high profile [person, organization] → être très en vue
(= article) → profil m

profile

nProfil nt; (= picture, photograph)Profilbild nt, → Seitenansicht f; (= biographical profile)Porträt nt; (Tech: = section) (vertical) → Längsschnitt m; (horizontal) → Querschnitt m; in profile (person, head) → im Profil; to keep a low profilesich zurückhalten
vt (= draw a profile of) (pictorially) → im Profil darstellen; (biographically) → porträtieren; (Tech) → im Längs- or Querschnitt zeichnen or darstellen

profile

[ˈprəʊfaɪl] nprofilo
in profile → di profilo
to keep a low profile (fig) → cercare di non farsi notare troppo
to maintain a high profile → mettersi in mostra
low-profile tyre (Aut) → pneumatico a basso profilo

profile

(ˈprəufail) noun
the view of a face, head etc from the side; a side view. She has a beautiful profile.

pro·file

n. perfil, bosquejo, esbozo;
biochemical ______ bioquímico;
physical ______ físico.

profile

n perfil m
References in classic literature ?
You look like the effigy of a young knight asleep on his tomb," she said, carefully tracing the well-cut profile defined against the dark stone.
To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.
For the most part, the English and American whale draughtsmen seem entirely content with presenting the mechanical outline of things, such as the vacant profile of the whale; which, so far as picturesqueness of effect is concerned, is about tantamount to sketching the profile of a pyramid.
Nor, in profile, does this wondrous brow diminish; though that way viewed, its grandeur does not domineer upon you so.
He had black, fiery eyes, coal-black hair, a strong, fine Roman profile, and a rich brown complexion.
The termination, toward the town, observed in profile, is the perfection of shape.
He is a handsome man: tall, fair, with blue eyes, and a Grecian profile.
Miss Garth had placed herself a little behind them, in partial shadow; and the lawyer's quiet face was seen in profile, close beside her.
You're out in your reading of Hamlet when you get your legs in profile.
The Persian now looked at Christine's quiet profile under the lamp.
His head had dropped upon his breast--yet I knew that he was not asleep, from the wide and rigid opening of the eye as I caught a glance of it in profile.
Morison caught himself many times watching the girl's regular profile and wondering if his eyes had deceived him or if, in truth, he really had seen this lovely creature consorting with grotesque baboons and conversing with them as fluently as she conversed with him.