Definition of profiler in US English:



  • 1A person who records and analyzes someone's psychological and behavioral characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities or to assist in identifying categories of people.

    ‘psychological profilers are being used to help officers build a picture of the attacker’
    ‘certain men have been targeted by our profilers and asked to provide DNA samples’
    • ‘As professional profiler, Max suspects that the mastermind is a frustrated academic.’
    • ‘The investigating team were by now receiving advice from a geographic profiler.’
    • ‘As a profiler, most of her work was conducted in the office, not the field.’
    • ‘He is an FBI profiler working on a murder case.’
    • ‘As a profiler, I'm interested in the reduction of crime and victims in all parts of the world.’
    • ‘As a criminal profiler it was dangerous and it wasn't pleasant, but she loved it.’
    • ‘They clearly have talked to the FBI profilers.’
    • ‘He is a psychological profiler.’
    • ‘Data miners and consumer profilers are able to produce detailed pictures of the tastes and habits of increasing numbers of consumers.’
    • ‘You have been a profiler for years with the FBI.’
  • 2An instrument or device for making scientific measurements, for example of the atmosphere or physical features.

    ‘a wind profiler for winds in the upper atmosphere’
    ‘pavement roughness may be measured by laser profilers’
    • ‘Turbulence was investigated using a portable flux profiler.’
    • ‘The sub-bottom profiler emits sound pulses that bounce back from objects deep in the ocean floor.’
    • ‘Today's laser profilers measure not only roughness but also rutting and texture.’
    • ‘Thirteen lasers are usually fitted to a multi-laser profiler.’
    • ‘Choosing the correct digitization for a beam profiler depends on the application.’
    • ‘The measurements were obtained by using the multi-laser profiler.’
    • ‘The measurement of roughness is not limited to laser profilers.’
    • ‘Most laser profilers produce an independent roughness statistic for each wheel path.’
    • ‘When I run the system profiler they are both recognized correctly.’
    • ‘The laser profiler is a more accurate and versatile instrument.’