model

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

Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.
7 : archetype
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
10a : 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 sense 3a) based on such a system climate models
13 : version sense 2 an experimental model of a bionic arm

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 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)
3a : 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
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 The students are modeling in clay.
2 : to work or act as a fashion or art model Each contestant modeled in front of the judges.

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

More common is San Francisco State’s model, with a variety of cultural and educational programs. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "SFSU shutters popular Chinese cultural program under pressure from feds," 5 Aug. 2019 As the clues grew thinner and dimmer, a Plan B was enacted: find a VW bus of the same make and model, restore and paint it to match the original, and christen it Light Bus 2.0. David Morgan, CBS News, "A Woodstock icon recreated: The VW "Light Bus"," 4 Aug. 2019 Ride service, airline, seat type, hotel chain, flight attendant, plane model, seatmate, in-flight snack, in-flight magazine—the business traveller has strong preferences and Vibranium-Medallion-level status. Catherine Mevs, The New Yorker, "Business Travellers Know," 3 Aug. 2019 To test several models, researchers used plot summaries of 42,306 movies from all over the world, many collected from Wikipedia. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence predicts which movies will succeed—and fail—simply from plot summaries," 2 Aug. 2019 The New York Fed’s recession model, which has been prescient in the past, finds a 32.8% chance of one arriving in the next 12 months. Larry Light, Fortune, "After Fed’s Rate Cut, “They’re Out of Ammo” to Fight Recession, Say Some," 1 Aug. 2019 An Israeli model, expected to be operating by 2022, was unveiled at the Paris Air Show this year. The Economist, "The world’s shortest flight may soon be its greenest, too," 1 Aug. 2019 Among the group are actors and models, politicians and authors, and advocates for everything from diversity and mental health to climate change and voting rights. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Shares Her 'Personal Favorite' Poem — with an Unexpected F-Bomb!," 1 Aug. 2019 And the key characters from the show — including N.C. himself and brainy, tech-forward bunny Daisy — are on hand in large, vivid models. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Hit ‘Nature Cat’ kids PBS show gets the museum treatment at the Kohl," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More Stories These studies were modeled after earlier research into whether gory television shows could be linked to increases in violent crime. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video-Game Violence Is Now a Partisan Issue," 5 Aug. 2019 The legislation is modeled on an Iowa law that advocates of redistricting reform have long championed. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gerrymandering opponents vow to pressure lawmakers as leaders signal legislation is dead," 16 July 2019 The site will be modeled after centers in Oakland and Berkeley and will be run by Bay Area Community Services. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Fremont roiled by debate over centers for growing homeless population," 9 July 2019 The Dallas County promise is modeled after the similar Tennessee Promise, which helped boost statewide college attendance there by 5.9 percentage points within one year of its 2015 launch, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. María Méndez, Dallas News, "Keeping the Promise: Here’s how more Dallas kids are going to college for free," 6 July 2019 While that's partly true, what developed into the Trump administration's approach was modeled after Operation Streamline, a program started by the Bush administration in 2005. CBS News, "Acting CBP chief to resign amid scrutiny over treatment of migrant children," 25 June 2019 Because of that, its assessment was modeled on a different group. STAT, "ICER says pricing for Novartis MS drug ‘far out of line,’ but more groups push back," 21 June 2019 The new Automatic Aid Agreement is modeled on the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, which Oak Forest has been a member of since 1998 as part of an agreement that was amended in 2014. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "New automatic aid deal will make Oak Forest area fire departments 'a more efficient unit,' officials say," 13 June 2019 The Cottonland Castle was modeled after a small German castle near the Rhine River with white sandstone and some limestone on the exterior. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Joanna and Chip Gaines Just Purchased Cottonland Castle in Waco, Texas," 25 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 For the wonks, meanwhile, there’d be model legislation to expand and incentivize employee ownership throughout the economy. John Case, The New Republic, "An Economy in Waiting," 8 July 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 The research into those bills is part of a larger investigation by the center and USA TODAY of how model legislation is being deployed in statehouses nationwide. USA TODAY, "Bills supporting religion-based rejection turning parents away from adoption agencies," 10 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 In recent years, until 2018, Nissan had been more profitable than Renault, with a solid reputation for quality and innovation and strong model lineup that includes the March subcompact, Leaf electric car and Infiniti luxury models. Washington Post, "Nissan odd man out in partner Renault’s FCA merger decision," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of model

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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