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Meaning of PROFILE

Pronunciation:  'prowfIl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  biographical sketch
  2. [n]  a graph representing the extent to which something exhibits various characteristics
  3. [n]  a vertical section of the Earth's crust showing the different horizons or layers
  4. [n]  a side view representation of an object (especially a human face)
  5. [v]  represent in profile, by drawing or painting
  6. [v]  write about; "The author of this article profiles a famous painter"

PROFILE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: biography, chart, compose, cross section, horizon, indite, interpret, life, life history, life story, pen, population profile, represent, side view, soil horizon, soil profile, write



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pro"file\, n. [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. An outline, or contour; as, the profile of an apple.
    2. (Paint & Sculp.) A human head represented sidewise, or in
       a side view; the side face or half face.
       (a) (Arch.) A section of any member, made at right angles
           with its main lines, showing the exact shape of
           moldings and the like.
       (b) (Civil Engin.) 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.
    {Profile paper} (Civil Engin.), paper ruled with vertical and
       horizontal lines forming small oblong rectangles, adapted
       for drawing profiles.
  2. \Pro"file\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Profiled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Profiling}] [Cf. F. profiler, It. profilare. See
    {Profile}, n.]
    1. to draw the outline of; to draw in profile, as an
       architectural member.
    2. (Mech.) To shape the outline of an object by passing a
       cutter around it.
    {Profiling machine}, a jigging machine.
Computing Dictionary
  1. Simple language for matching and scoring data. "User's Manual for the PROFILE System", Cambridge Computer Assoc (May 1974).

    [jargon file]

  2. 1. A control file for a program, especially a text file automatically read from each user's home directory and intended to be easily modified by the user in order to customise the program's behaviour. Used to avoid hard-coded choices (see also dot file, rc file).

    2. 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.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Vertical section of the soil through all its horizons and extending into the parent material.
 Definition: a section, or exposure of the ground, showing depositional or developmental strata or horizons.