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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The use of data compiled about people who have committed criminal offenses in the effort to describe or identify the most likely suspects in a particular crime.
  • noun The use of racial, economic, ethnic, or other characteristics by law enforcement as the basis of determining whom to search or investigate on suspicion of criminal activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fort.) In the construction of fieldworks, the erection at proper intervals of wooden profiles, to show to the workmen the sectional form of the parapets at those points.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the forensic science of constructing an outline of a person's individual characteristics
  • noun military, historical In the construction of fieldworks, the erection at proper intervals of wooden profiles, to show to the workmen the sectional form of the parapets at those points.
  • verb Present participle of profile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun recording a person's behavior and analyzing psychological characteristics in order to predict or assess their ability in a certain sphere or to identify a particular group of people

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