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1. a view or representation of an object, esp a building, in contour or outline
2. a vertical section of soil from the ground surface to the parent rock showing the different horizons
3. 
a. a vertical section of part of the earth's crust showing the layers of rock
b. a representation of such a section
4. 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)

Profile

An outline of a form or structure seen or represented from the side, or one formed by a vertical plane passed through an object at right angles to one of its main horizontal dimensions.

profile

[′prō‚fīl]
(geology)
The outline formed by the intersection of the plane of a vertical section and the ground surface. Also known as topographic profile.
Data recorded by a single line of receivers from one shot point in seismic prospecting.
(geophysics)
A graphic representation of the variation of one property, such as gravity, usually as ordinate, with respect to another property, usually linear, such as distance.
(hydrology)
A vertical section of a potentiometric surface, such as a water table.
(petrology)
In structural petrology, a cross section of a homoaxial structure.

profile

1. A guide used to set out brick work or block work accurately.
3. A vertical section of the surface of the ground, or of underlying strata, or both, along any fixed line. On a highway, the profile is usually taken along the center line.
4. In architectural drawing, the outline of a vertical section.
5. British term for batter board.

profile

The orthogonal projection of flight path or a portion on the vertical surface containing the nominal track.

PROFILE

(1)
Simple language for matching and scoring data. "User's Manual for the PROFILE System", Cambridge Computer Assoc (May 1974).

profile

(2)
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).

profile

(3)
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.

profile

(1) A description of an individual, organization, publication or other entity. See user profile and social networking site.

(2) A list of user preferences. See user profile.

(3) A report of processing time spent within the routines of an executing program in order to figure out how to optimize the code for greater efficiency.

(4) A list of parameters read by a program in order to modify its behavior.