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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Other Words from model

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

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 Heidi, a former model, has more than 6 million followers. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "98 Million TikTok Followers Can’t Be Wrong," 20 Nov. 2020 Stanley's letter went into specific points about his academic struggles caused by an online-only learning model. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, "Xavier forward Ben Stanley's waiver request denied by the NCAA," 20 Nov. 2020 European countries have shut down bars and restaurants — and businesses more broadly — while keeping schools open, a model some education leaders say Arizona should emulate. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "With no plan from state leaders, Arizona's school districts confront hard choices on COVID-19," 20 Nov. 2020 New Jersey, where first-term Governor Tim Murphy was elected on a broadly progressive platform, provides a different model. Mark Engler, The New Republic, "The Fed Could Help Cash-Strapped Cities and States. Mnuchin Has Other Ideas.," 20 Nov. 2020 The Halls Shoppe by the Christmas Palace pop-up in a glass atrium and an 18-by-30-foot model train display at Aventura Station. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Yes, you can get into the holiday spirit: Our guide to Christmas entertainment, events and things to do," 20 Nov. 2020 Once a child model, his face hadn’t yet transitioned from a life in front of a camera to one on a football field. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Rail thin and not game ready, why a young Mac Jones picked Alabama over UK," 19 Nov. 2020 Amazon had many unprofitable years, but that wasn’t due to a poor business model; the company was just plowing every available dollar into furthering its growth. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Walgreens stock is on sale," 19 Nov. 2020 The University of Washington Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation model projects more than 372,000 deaths from COVID-19 by the time Biden takes office in January. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "A spiraling COVID-19 crisis will confront Joe Biden on day one. What’s his plan and how will he get it done?," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Part of the reason for the Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president is not traveling to campaign as much as Trump is to demonstrate concern for the coronavirus pandemic and model appropriate COVID behavior. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Trump outpacing Biden in travel and events during final weeks of election," 27 Oct. 2020 Public health experts say that by refusing to wear masks, Trump and his advisers are missing an opportunity to model behavior that is essential to keep the rest of America safe. Arkansas Online, "Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term," 17 Oct. 2020 Public health experts say that by refusing to wear masks, Trump and his advisers are missing an opportunity to model behavior that is essential to keep the rest of America safe. Aamer Madhani And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump plays down the coronavirus while he steps up his pitch for a second term as election nears," 17 Oct. 2020 Your fiance should model kindness, respect and gratitude — acknowledging your effort before eating and thanking you afterward — and show his son that a grateful diner also clears the table and cleans up after a delicious meal. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: First cancer hits, then heartbreak follows," 28 Oct. 2020 Your fiance should model kindness, respect and gratitude — acknowledging your effort before eating and thanking you afterward — and show his son that a grateful diner also clears the table and cleans up after a delicious meal. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Man’s girlfriend leaves him after his recovery from cancer," 28 Oct. 2020 Your fiance should model kindness, respect and gratitude – acknowledging your effort before eating and thanking you afterward – and show his son that a grateful diner also clears the table and cleans up after a delicious meal. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "First cancer hits, then heartbreak follows," 28 Oct. 2020 Managers can both model these policies and adjust their team’s workloads to ensure employees can manage to their specific capacities. Lorraine Hariton, Fortune, "Employers can’t ignore America’s childcare crisis any longer. How they can fix it," 22 Oct. 2020 The study’s authors thus model multiple hypothetical scenarios, varying the number of infectious visitors, the extent of visitor-student interaction and the extent that the university might or might not have the coronavirus under control. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, "When Will Football Stadiums Look Normal Again?," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rick and Shirley Hazel were considered model foster parents. USA Today, "Foster kids lived with molesters. No one told their parents.," 16 Oct. 2020 The Tahoes the Sheriff's Office would like to replace are mostly model years 2013 and 2014 with the majority of them having over 150,000 miles. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, "Budget discussion continues for Benton County," 13 Oct. 2020 But the anecdote at once lends a civil-rights hero’s weight to Wilkerson’s bold thesis and provides the model response to it: a lightning flash of insight about the mechanics of white supremacy. Sunil Khilnani, The New Yorker, "Isabel Wilkerson’s World-Historical Theory of Race and Caste," 7 Aug. 2020 Lego just released a model grand piano that has an even grander total of 3,662 pieces. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Lego Just Released a 3,622 Piece Piano You Can Actually Play," 1 Aug. 2020 The 34th annual survey, conducted from February through May, assessed the performance of 2020 model-year vehicles within 90 days after they were sold. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "These are the 26 highest-quality cars, trucks, SUVs of 2020, according to J.D. Power," 24 June 2020 Of course, the two are committed to getting married and starting a family together as part of their scheme to be the model American family for the electorate. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "From throuples to secession, the most shocking storylines on season 2 of The Politician," 20 June 2020 His group, known as ALEC, offers a model version legislators can draw on. Beth Gardiner, New York Times, "That Compost Bin in the Living Room," 6 May 2020 Last month, Exxon unveiled a model regulatory framework that outlines methane limits for both new and existing drilling operations. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump closes in on the oil production cuts he wanted," 10 Apr. 2020

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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

23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Model.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/model. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for model

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.

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
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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