model

noun
mod·​el | \ ˈmä-dᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

model

verb
modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling\ ˈmäd-​liŋ , ˈmä-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce modelling (audio) \

Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to construct or fashion in imitation of a particular model modeled its constitution on that of the U.S.
2a : to shape or fashion in a plastic material modeling figures from clay
b : to produce a representation or simulation (see simulation sense 3a) of using a computer to model a problem
3 : to display by wearing, using, or posing with modeled gowns
4 : to plan or form after a pattern : shape legislative institutions primarily modeled on the English pattern
5 archaic : to make into an organization (such as an army, government, or parish)

intransitive verb

1 : to work or act as a fashion or art model Each contestant modeled in front of the judges.
2 : to design or imitate forms : make a pattern The students are modeling in clay.

model

adjective

Definition of model (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Verb

modeler or less commonly modeller \ ˈmäd-​lər , ˈmä-​dᵊl-​ər How to pronounce modeller (audio) \ noun

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Noun

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

Noun

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.

Examples of model in a Sentence

Noun She's building a model of the Earth for science class. a plastic model of the human heart We've improved on last year's model, making the car safer and easier to control. He bought one of the old 1965 models. We couldn't afford one of the fancy TVs and had to buy the standard model. We've developed a computer model of the economy to predict what will happen in the future. Companies are developing new business models. Verb The faces of the gods were modeled in white stone. They're modeling this year's new spring fashions. She got a job modeling shoes for a catalog company. a fashion model who has angered animal lovers by modeling fur coats Adjective Our university has a model program for training its athletes. why can't you be like your sister, who is such a well-behaved model child?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pop star, 24, sported a hot pink dress and a blonde high ponytail, while the 20-year-old model — the son of Yolanda Hadid and brother of Gigi and Bell — kept it simple with an Iron Maiden graphic T-shirt and a black suit. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Dua Lipa and Boyfriend Anwar Hadid Make Red Carpet Debut — and Kiss! — at 2019 AMAs," 24 Nov. 2019 Musk said Saturday that orders so far are about evenly split between dual- and single-motor models, with the most expensive tri-motor version making up an additional 17 percent of interest. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Tesla already has 146,000 orders for its futuristic Cybertruck, Elon Musk says," 24 Nov. 2019 The new 2021 model, though, which goes on sale next year, looks more like the civilized Discovery than the adventurous original. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "8 vehicles guaranteed to draw crowds, spark debates at LA auto show," 23 Nov. 2019 That information is then fed into the computer models, which helps better analyze possible snowfall amounts. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: Significant snowstorm possible Monday-Tuesday," 23 Nov. 2019 That’s a fine model, backed with a trove of analytics, but it’s talented men and not Corsi-lovin’ mathematicians who win games. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 23 Nov. 2019 That is fed into economic models, which the firms use to put a dollar value on the risks climate change poses to properties and businesses, usually over the coming five or ten years. The Economist, "Firms that analyse climate risks are the latest hot property," 23 Nov. 2019 Rabbi Eisenberg discusses treatment and self-help models, not limited to 12-step programs, and shares practical suggestions and tips for anyone affected by the disease of addiction. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 22 Nov. 2019 Three models are available, with sub-trims: S ($107,980), S GranLusso and GranSport ($114,980 each); SQ4 ($113,680), SQ4 GranLusso and GranSport ($120,780 each); and GTS GranLusso andGranSport ($138,980 each). Emma Jayne Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Maserati Quattroporte GranSport brings style, luxury, performance in a large sedan," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The silencing of teachers was facilitated by Teach for America, which began in 1990 with the laudable goal of providing a service corps of college graduates modeled on the Peace Corps. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 At its most abstract, obfuscation is the production of noise modeled on an existing signal in order to make a collection of data more ambiguous, confusing, harder to exploit, more difficult to act on, and therefore less valuable. Finn Brunton, Quartz, "“Opting out” is a myth," 10 Oct. 2019 Pick from Sasakwa, the Edwardian-style manor house; Faru-Faru, a modern, low-key lodge; Sabora Tented Camp, modeled on a 1920’s-style explorer’s camp; and Explore, a private-use tented camp with just enough luxury touches. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned in the Trenches of a Rhino Translocation," 9 Oct. 2019 The goal is to model important values like confidence, perseverance, and resilience—values that researchers say today’s preschoolers are lacking. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Sesame Street turns 50 and celebrates children’s right to make mistakes," 10 Nov. 2019 Bevin, a former businessman, tried to model his style of campaigning off Mr. Trump's style. CBS News, "Matt Bevin claims "significant irregularities" as grounds for recanvass request," 6 Nov. 2019 All the artworks in the exhibit were modeled by Rodin and cast after his death. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "A rare chance to see the world and work of Rodin at Fairfield University," 29 Oct. 2019 In one scenario modeled by Shell, meeting goals set in the Paris climate accord without fossil fuels would require new energy sources to increase fifty-fold and the reforesting of an area the size of Brazil, among other measures. Washington Post, "How Climate Divestment Won Converts With Deep Pockets," 23 Oct. 2019 Come for a good cause, leave with a charity tee modeled by The Black Madonna herself. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Top 10 Do-Gooding DJs: Bassnectar, Griz, Ida Engberg and More," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Puritans thought women should have babies, raise children, manage household life and model Christian subservience to their husbands. Bridget Marshall, The Conversation, "Most witches are women, because witch hunts were all about persecuting the powerless," 23 Oct. 2019 Even with its powerful pretraining, BERT is not designed to perfectly model language in general. Quanta Magazine, "Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?," 17 Oct. 2019 The defense cited the men’s military and other service to their country, model behavior in prison, regret for the loss of innocent lives and the havoc of war. Washington Post, "Sentences halved for three Blackwater guards in 2007 shootings of unarmed Iraqi civilians," 6 Sep. 2019 The researchers used their observations to tweak certain model simulations of the entire global ocean. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Humans May Be Accidentally Geoengineering the Oceans," 15 July 2019 That does not mean his handling of the memos was model behavior, though. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The DOJ Will Not Prosecute James Comey over Trump Memos," 3 Aug. 2019 The governor is expected to sign the measure which will require heavy-duty trucks titled in the tri-counties to be model year 2007 or newer by 2025. oregonlive.com, "Oregon lawmakers wrap up buzzer-beating 2019 session," 30 June 2019 The recall includes Fisher-Price play yard model numbers CBV60, CHP86, CHR06, CJK24 and DJD11. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Fisher-Price recalls 71,000 more inclined infant sleepers," 27 June 2019 There will be model railroad and train displays in the Porter House, and Templars Hall will host a quilt display and an organ grinder. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Fourth of July festivities include Old Poway Park events, fireworks at Poway High," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of model

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 14

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Adjective

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for model

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of model was in 1570

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Last Updated

28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Model.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modeller. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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model

noun
How to pronounce model (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of model (Entry 3 of 3)

: deserving to be copied by others : very good or excellent
used to describe something that is a small copy of something larger

model

noun
mod·​el | \ ˈmä-dᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Kids Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.

model

adjective

Kids Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)

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

model

verb
modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling

Kids Definition of model (Entry 3 of 3)

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.

model

noun
mod·​el | \ ˈmäd-ᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Medical Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling\ ˈmäd-​liŋ, -​ᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce modelling (audio) \

Medical Definition of model (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce (as by computer) a representation or simulation of

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