from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A side view of an object or structure, especially of the human head.
- n. A representation of an object or structure seen from the side. See Synonyms at form.
- n. An outline of an object. See Synonyms at outline.
- n. Degree of exposure to public notice; visibility: preferred to keep a low profile.
- n. A biographical essay presenting the subject's most noteworthy characteristics and achievements.
- n. A formal summary or analysis of data, often in the form of a graph or table, representing distinctive features or characteristics: a psychological profile of a job applicant; a biochemical profile of blood.
- n. Geology A vertical section of soil or rock showing the sequence of the various layers.
- transitive v. To draw or shape a profile of.
- transitive v. To produce a profile of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the outermost shape, view, or edge of an object
- n. The shape, view, or shadow of a person's head from the side; a side view.
- n. A summary or collection of information, especially about a person
- n. a specific space or field in which users can provide various types of personal information in software or Internet systems
- n. reputation
- n. the amount by which something protrudes
- n. prominence; noticeability
- n. 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.
- n. character; totality of related characteristics; signature; status (especially in scientific, technical, or military uses)
- v. to create a summary or collection of information, especially about a person
- v. to act based on such a summary; especially, to act on a stereotype. See profiling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An outline, or contour.
- n. A human head represented sidewise, or in a side view; the side face or half face.
- n. A section of any member, made at right angles with its main lines, showing the exact shape of moldings and the like.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. to draw the outline of; to draw in profile, as an architectural member.
- transitive v. To shape the outline of an object by passing a cutter around it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An outline or contour; specifically, the largest contour or outline of anything, usually seen in or represented by a vertical longitudinal section or side view. For example, nearly all the fishes, butterflies, etc., figured in this dictionary are drawn in profile.
- n. Hence The outline of the human face in a section through the median line: a side view; the side-face or half-face: as, a Greek profile.
- n. A representation of the face in side view: as, profiles cut in black paper are called silhouettes.
- n. In architecture, the outline or contour of anything, such as a building, a figure, a molding, as shown by a section through it.
- n. In engineering and surveying, a vertical section through a work or a section of country, to show the elevations and depressions.
- n. In fortification, a light wooden frame set up to guide workmen in throwing up a parapet.
- n. The outline of a vertical section made through any part of a fortification in a direction perpendicular to its principal bounding lines.
- n. In ceramics, a thin plate, as of zinc, in which is cut the outline of half of an object.
- To draw with a side view; outline (any object or objects) so as to show a section as if cut perpendicularly from top to bottom.
- In mech., to impart by means of a tool or tools a definite prescribed form to (pieces of wood or metal) by chiseling, milling, tiling, or like operations.
- Theat., to cut (the edge of wings or set pieces) into irregular shapes to represent trees, rocks, etc.
- n. In theatrical, a wing having the outline of a tree. See profile, v. t., 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)
- n. degree of exposure to public notice
- n. a vertical section of the Earth's crust showing the different horizons or layers
- n. biographical sketch
- n. an analysis (often in graphical form) representing the extent to which something exhibits various characteristics
- v. represent in profile, by drawing or painting
- v. write about
Italian profilo, from profilare, to draw in outline : pro-, forward (from Latin prō-; see pro-) + filare, to draw a line (from Medieval Latin fīlāre, to spin, from Latin fīlum, thread).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French profil ("a profile"), from Italian profilo ("a border"), later also proffilo ("a side-face, profile"), from pro-, from Latin pro ("before") + filo ("a line, stroke, thread"), from Latin filum ("a thread"); see file. (Wiktionary)