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
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 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

That type of program model is one that is pretty obviously not designed to end homelessness. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Seattle-area council member proposes $1M busing program for homeless," 14 Sep. 2019 Realizing the limitations of an entirely virtual business model, Casper began opening storefronts and selling products like pillows and sheets. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "Casper Dreams of Being Bigger Than Mattresses," 13 Sep. 2019 To take viewers back in time, Wayne shot footage of a scale model of First Avenue North that depicts the theater in its prime. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "There’s new life at Bessemer’s historic Lincoln Theatre, thanks to actor Andre Holland and family," 12 Sep. 2019 Three camera lenses on the back of the phone, among other improvements, make the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max stand out from other models. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro?," 10 Sep. 2019 Apple’s also keeping its third series of the Apple Watch around, and dropping the price of that model to $199. David Ingram, NBC News, "Apple event: A new iPhone and details on subscriptions services," 10 Sep. 2019 Volkswagen will start selling it in Europe next year but has no plan to bring this specific electric model to the United States. David Mchugh, USA TODAY, "Volkswagen places massive bet on electric cars: Will consumers buy in?," 9 Sep. 2019 Many of the swing thoughts and methodologies in the major leagues have bubbled up through amateur ranks, a complete reversal of the traditional model. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "MLB's First-Year Stars Are Historically Great This Season," 9 Sep. 2019 The impasse between Altitude and its big three distributors is indicative of a model in turmoil, if not one that’s broken altogether. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Altitude Sports “exploring” Amazon option to break logjam with TV distributors," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By modeling the ways misinformation spreads via networks of people, researchers learn how social trust and conformity affect how communities reach consensus. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 Organoids made to resemble brains and other organs have become an important tool for modeling human biology in recent years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Human mini-brains made from stem cells make mini brain waves," 30 Aug. 2019 By connecting with other women in the trades — and curious students like her younger self — Basmayor raises awareness by modeling how women can succeed in trade jobs. Lowe’s, USA TODAY, "Building the next generation of skilled trades workers starts with women," 27 Aug. 2019 Craft said the school will be used in the future for modeling teaching practices. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress childcare center becomes model for educational training material," 19 Aug. 2019 Sara Ziff, executive director of modeling advocacy group The Model Alliance, says retailers have the same obligation to models that apparel makers have to garment workers. Kim Bhasin, Fortune, "Major Retailers Had ‘Tremendous’ Concerns About Fashion Model Scout’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein," 19 Aug. 2019 Last September, Woods gave birth to her first child, a son named Saffir, right after modeling in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Fashion Week show. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Fenty Model Slick Woods's Son Safir Has The Makings Of A Mini-Model," 7 Aug. 2019 Juventus Women forward Eniola Aluko joins the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini, Miralem Pjanic, Juan Cuadrado and Rodrigo Bentancur in modelling the new kit. SI.com, "Juventus Third Kit: La Vecchia Signora Unveil Slick New adidas Strip for 2019/20 Campaign," 6 Aug. 2019 Exactly when any one part of the region will reach that point is hard to predict, and researchers stressed that unknowns exist in modeling fire in woods that have burned so infrequently. Author: Tom James, Anchorage Daily News, "US Northwest towns ‘woefully unprepared’ as fire risk grows," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 For most model year 2019 Chevrolet and all model year 2019 Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, the vehicle will automatically shut down in park at 20 minutes without the fob present and one hour with the fob in the vehicle. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "His keyless car killed him while he slept. New legislation could save others," 14 June 2019 More model news: Now check out 100 years of beauty icons: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Andrea Park, Allure, "Andie MacDowell, 60, Made Her Triumphant Return to the Runway," 1 Oct. 2018 Canup is one of the leading scientists using large-scale simulations to model planet-scale collisions like the one thought to have formed Earth's own moon. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Giant Impact May Have Created Mars' Moons," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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model

noun

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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