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model

noun mod·el \ ˈmä-dᵊl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of model

1 obsolete :a set of plans for a building
2 dialectal British :copy, image
3 :structural design
  • a home on the model of an old farmhouse
4 :a usually miniature representation of something
  • a plastic model of the human heart
; also :a pattern of something to be made
5 :an example for imitation or emulation
  • his written addresses are models of clearness, logical order, and style
  • —A. B. Noble
6 :a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist; especially :one who poses for an artist
  • His wife served as the model for many of his paintings.
8 :an organism whose appearance a mimic imitates
9 :one who is employed to display clothes or other merchandise
  • has appeared as a model in ads for swimsuits
10 a :a type or design of clothing
  • girls, self-conscious in their Paris models
  • —Paul Bowles
b :a type or design of product (such as a car)
  • offers eight new models for next year, including a completely restyled convertible
11 :a description or analogy used to help visualize something (such as an atom) that cannot be directly observed
12 :a system of postulates, data, and inferences presented as a mathematical description of an entity or state of affairs; also :a computer simulation (see simulation 3a) based on such a system
  • climate models
13 :version 2
  • an experimental model of a bionic arm

Examples of model in a Sentence

  1. She's building a model of the Earth for science class.

  2. a plastic model of the human heart

  3. We've improved on last year's model, making the car safer and easier to control.

  4. He bought one of the old 1965 models.

  5. We couldn't afford one of the fancy TVs and had to buy the standard model.

  6. We've developed a computer model of the economy to predict what will happen in the future.

  7. Companies are developing new business models.

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Origin and Etymology of model

Middle French modelle, from Old Italian modello, from Vulgar Latin *modellus, from Latin modulus small measure, from modus

Synonym Discussion of model

model, example, pattern, exemplar, ideal mean someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation. model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation.
    • a decor that is a model of good taste
example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning.
    • children tend to follow the example of their parents
pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype.
    • American industry set a pattern for others to follow
exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification.
    • cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage
ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception.
    • never found a job that matched his ideal

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model

verb

Definition of model

modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling play \ˈmäd-liŋ, ˈmä-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to plan or form after a pattern :shape
  • legislative institutions primarily modeled on the English pattern
2 archaic :to make into an organization (such as an army, government, or parish)
3 a :to shape or fashion in a plastic material
  • modeling figures from clay
b :to produce a representation or simulation (see simulation 3a) of
  • using a computer to model a problem
4 :to construct or fashion in imitation of a particular model
  • modeled its constitution on that of the U.S.
5 :to display by wearing, using, or posing with
  • modeled gowns
intransitive verb
1 :to design or imitate forms :make a pattern
  • enjoys modeling in clay
2 :to work or act as a fashion or art model
  • Each contestant modeled in front of the judges.

modeler

or less commonly modeller \ˈmäd-lər, ˈmä-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of model in a Sentence

  1. The faces of the gods were modeled in white stone.

  2. They're modeling this year's new spring fashions.

  3. She got a job modeling shoes for a catalog company.

  4. a fashion model who has angered animal lovers by modeling fur coats

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Origin and Etymology of model

see 1model


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model

adjective

Definition of model

1 :serving as or capable of serving as a pattern
  • a model student
2 :being a usually miniature representation of something
  • a model airplane

Examples of model in a Sentence

  1. Our university has a model program for training its athletes.

  2. why can't you be like your sister, who is such a well-behaved model child?

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First Known Use of model

1831



MODEL Defined for English Language Learners

model

noun

Definition of model for English Language Learners

  • : a usually small copy of something

  • : a particular type or version of a product (such as a car or computer)

  • : a set of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future state of something (such as an economy or a business)


model

verb

Definition of model for English Language Learners

  • : to design (something) so that it is similar to something else

  • : to make a small copy of (something) : to create a model of (something)

  • : to make something by forming or shaping clay or some other material


model

adjective

Definition of model for English Language Learners

  • : deserving to be copied by others : very good or excellent

  • —used to describe something that is a small copy of something larger


MODEL Defined for Kids

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model

noun mod·el \ ˈmä-dᵊl \

Definition of model for Students

1 :a small but exact copy of a thing
2 :a pattern or figure of something to be made
3 :a person who sets a good example
  • Their daughter is a model of politeness.
4 :a person who poses for an artist or photographer
5 :a person who wears and displays garments that are for sale
6 :a special type of a product
  • Our car is a recent model.

Synonym Discussion of model

model, example, and ideal mean something that serves as guidance or imitation. model is used for a thing or person very worthy of imitation.
    • That school system can be a model for the whole state.
example usually means that the person, act, or conduct is likely to be copied, even though this may not always be a good thing.
    • Parents are examples for their children.
ideal is used for something, either real or imagined, considered to be the best of its kind that can exist.
    • She is the ideal of beauty.

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model

adjective

Definition of model for Students

1 :worthy of being imitated
  • a model student
2 :being a miniature copy
  • a model airplane

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model

verb

Definition of model for Students

modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling
1 :to plan or shape after a pattern
  • This sports car is modeled on a racing car.
2 :to make a model of
  • He learned how to model a dog in clay.
3 :to act or serve as a model
  • She was asked to model for an artist.

Medical Dictionary

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model

noun mod·el \ ˈmäd-ᵊl \

medical Definition of model

1 a :a pattern of something to be made :a cast of a tooth or oral cavity
2 :something (as a similar object or a construct) used to help visualize or explore something else (as the living human body) that cannot be directly observed or experimented on — see animal model
3 :a system of postulates, data, and inferences presented as a mathematical description of an entity or state of affairs

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model

transitive verb

medical Definition of model

modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling play \ˈmäd-liŋ, -ᵊl-iŋ\
:to produce (as by computer) a representation or simulation of


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