model

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

Essential Meaning of model

1 : a usually small copy of something She's building a model of the Earth for science class. models of famous buildings See More Examplesa plastic model of the human heart a scale model [=a small but exact copy] of a shipHide
2 : a particular type or version of a product (such as a car or computer) 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.
3 : a set of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future state of something (such as an economy or a business) a mathematical model We've developed a computer model of the economy to predict what will happen in the future. Companies are developing new business models.

Full 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
4 : archetype
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 model (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

Other Words from model

Verb

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

Choose the Right Synonym for model

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

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 best model for the state’s oversight of healthcare is Covered California, our Affordable Care Act exchange. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 For at least one major tech company, upending the traditional hiring model meant an improvement in employee diversity. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022 Putin’s model is a form of mass Finlandization, in which the countries from Berlin to the east and to the southeast will know exactly what red lines not to cross in terms of Moscow’s interests. Robert D. Kaplan, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 Rotating its crown changes the dial, while the top pusher activates the model’s face shuffle mode and configuration settings. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 13 Jan. 2022 Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas took the time-twisting boldness of experiments like Lost and Arrested Development and used it to resuscitate the whole multi-cam Friends model of young metropolitans. Darren Franich, EW.com, 13 Jan. 2022 The cost of leasing the model, called Servi by manufacturer Bear Robotics, is about the same as the cost of employing a human server in the Chippewa Valley, Chan said. Eric Lindquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2022 The Enduris is the maximalist training model in The North Face’s new VECTIV trail running line. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 13 Jan. 2022 Especially if the current data going into the model is lacking. Judson Jones And Monica Garrett, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But children don't develop gratitude automatically -- parents need to model and create strategies to teach children these behaviors, Clark said. Sherry Liang, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Since his split from Kardashian, Kanye has been linked to model Irina Shayk. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2021 The Free Press is partnering with nonprofit media organization BridgeDetroit on this coverage, which is informed by BridgeDetroit's community priorities model. Freep.com, 2 Jan. 2022 This game offers a quick, easy and fun method of character creation that lets players design their heroes on their own, model their favorite heroes from comics or even put everything up to chance. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 If the system is paired with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, however, the right side of the screen somewhat less helpfully shows your phone's make and model instead. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Dec. 2021 Hilfiger also credited himself for deigning to hire beautiful and popular Black people to endorse and model the products his company was trying to sell for profit. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 21 Dec. 2021 The actress, 47, was joined by many of Lagerfeld's muses that regularly model in his shows, including Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber who wore a winter-ready suit and a snowball dress, respectively, from his last collection. Mary Park, PEOPLE.com, 15 Dec. 2021 Long’s idea was to build a computer simulation that would model each of the hundred and fifty-odd steps in photosynthesis as a differential equation. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dave Zitnik, who has a model train store in Pinellas Park, comes every Friday to lend a hand with the trains. Susan Taylor Martin, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Dec. 2021 KitchenAid's pro-model stand mixer has a bigger bowl capacity, a more powerful motor, and a taller bowl-lift configuration to accommodate both. Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Strong, multi-model ensemble agreement that very dry & anomalously warm pattern will continue across US West for next 10+ days. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 Since moving into Las Vegas Ballpark two years ago, the Aviators have become a model Triple-A franchise. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2021 Students said the graphic perpetuates ideas like the model minority myth, which claims that Asians are inherently successful and close to whiteness. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 One family program, offered in partnership with the design collective Chicago Mobile Makers, will let participants build a model city that works for all people. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 In the 1990s, the Disney Corporation developed the model suburb of Celebration in Osceola County. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 10 Nov. 2021 Jonas Kaufmann is in many ways the model modern tenor. Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021

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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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More Definitions for model

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.

Choose the Right Synonym for model

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.

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

model

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

Medical Definition of model (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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