Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)?

  • low or small
  • large or high

Low crossing profile seems more common than small crossing profile, even though large crossing profile is more common than high crossing profile.

It seems there is some influence from the expression to keep a low profile, but there seems to be a contradiction in the way the two directions are dealt with. Is it normal? Or should I just use high crossing profile for consistency?

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    What is a "crossing profile"?
    – keshlam
    Jul 12, 2014 at 4:14

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As you note, there is some adverse influence from the expression to keep a low profile.

Nevertheless, in general — and in the case you describe — profile (in terms of the dimensions of an object) refers to a size, and therefore it is correct to use large and small to characterize it.

Don't use the incorrect low crossing profile just because other people do!

  • What do you mean by "size"? How does "profile" generally refer to "size"? Although I agree with you in this context, you're making broad generalizations. Be more specific and cite sources to improve your answer.
    – njboot
    Jun 11, 2014 at 23:54
  • I was referring to the definition given in the original question. Yes, profile has other definitions to which this does not apply. My answer edited accordingly.
    – feetwet
    Jun 12, 2014 at 0:35

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