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profile (n.)

1650s, "a drawing of the outline of anything," from older Italian profilo "a drawing in outline," from profilare "to draw in outline," from pro "forth" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward") + filare "draw out, spin," from Late Latin filare "to spin, draw out a line," from filum "thread" (from PIE root *gwhi- "thread, tendon"). Meaning "a side view" is from 1660s. Meaning "biographical sketch, character study" is from 1734.

profile (v.)

1715, "to represent in profile," from profile (n.) or Italian profilare. Meaning "to summarize a person in writing" is from 1948. Related: Profiled; profiling.

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Definitions of profile from WordNet
1
profile (n.)
an analysis (often in graphical form) representing the extent to which something exhibits various characteristics;
a psychological profile of serial killers
a biochemical profile of blood
profile (n.)
an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side);
profile (n.)
biographical sketch;
profile (n.)
degree of exposure to public notice;
Synonyms: visibility
profile (n.)
a vertical section of the Earth's crust showing the different horizons or layers;
2
profile (v.)
write about;
The author of this article profiles a famous painter
profile (v.)
represent in profile, by drawing or painting;
From wordnet.princeton.edu