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profile (ˈprəʊfaɪl)
1.  a side view, outline, or representation of an object, esp of a human face or head
2.  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.  a vertical section of soil from the ground surface to the parent rock showing the different horizons
6.  a.  a vertical section of part of the earth's crust showing the layers of rock
 b.  a representation of such a section
7.  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)
8.  to draw, write, or make a profile of
9.  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]

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