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 ship
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
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
12 : animal model
14 obsolete : a set of plans for a building
Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)
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)
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.
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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