Model definition

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A style or design of an item.

My car is last year's model.

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A schematic description or representation of something, especially a system or phenomenon, that accounts for its properties and is used to study its characteristics.

A model of generative grammar; a model of an atom; an economic model.

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A small object, usually built to scale, that represents in detail another, often larger object.
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A systematic description of an object or phenomenon that shares important characteristics with the object or phenomenon. Scientific models can be material, visual, mathematical, or computational and are often used in the construction of scientific theories.
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One serving as an example to be imitated or compared.

A model of decorum.

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A person or thing considered as a standard of excellence to be imitated.
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A schematic description or representation of something, especially a system or phenomenon, that accounts for its properties and is used to study its characteristics.

A model of generative grammar; a model of an atom; an economic model.

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Being, serving as, or used as a model.
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Serving as a model, pattern, or standard of excellence.

A model student.

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Representative of others of the same kind, style, etc.

A model home.

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To make or construct a descriptive or representational model of.

Computer programs that model climate change.

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To display by wearing or posing in.

Model clothes.

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(1) A particular unit of hardware, known by its style or type.
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To plan, construct, or fashion in imitation of a model.

Modeled his legal career after that of his mentor.

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To make or construct a descriptive or representational model of.

Computer programs that model climate change.

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Being, serving as, or used as a model.
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Of or being a small-scale copy of an airplane, ship, etc., esp. one assembled from a kit as a hobby.
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To shape or form in or as in clay, wax, etc.
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To serve as a model.
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To make by shaping a plastic substance.

Modeled a bust from clay.

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To make a model or models.

To model in clay.

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Worthy of imitation.

A model child.

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To display (a dress, suit, etc.) by wearing.
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A small object, usually built to scale, that represents in detail another, often larger object.
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To make a model.
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In painting, drawing, and photography, to give a three-dimensional appearance to, as by shading or highlighting.
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(manufacturing) An identifier of a product given by its manufacturer (also called model number).
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To make a miniature model of.

He takes great pride in his skill at modeling airplanes.

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A person employed to display merchandise, such as clothing or cosmetics.
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(zoology) An animal whose appearance is copied by a mimic.
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A preliminary work or construction that serves as a plan from which a final product is to be made.

A clay model ready for casting.

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Such a work or construction used in testing or perfecting a final product.

A test model of a solar-powered vehicle.

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One that serves as the subject for an artist, especially a person employed to pose for a painter, sculptor, or photographer.
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One that serves as the basis for a fictional character or place.
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To form (clay, for example) into a shape.
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To work or serve as a model, as in wearing clothes for display or serving as the subject of an artist.
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A style or design; specif., any of a series of different styles or designs of a particular product, brand of automobile, etc.

A heavy-duty model, a 1969 model.

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A small copy or imitation of an existing object, as a ship, building, etc., made to scale.
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A preliminary representation of something, serving as the plan from which the final, usually larger, object is to be constructed.
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A hypothetical or stylized representation, as of an atom.
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A generalized, hypothetical description, often based on an analogy, used in analyzing or explaining something.
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A piece of sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work in bronze, marble, etc. is to be made.
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A person who poses for an artist or photographer.
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Any person or thing serving as a subject for an artist or writer.
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A person employed to display clothes by wearing them.
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In painting, drawing, etc., to create a three-dimensional image of on a flat surface through the use of color, shading, etc.
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To make a model of.
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To plan, form, or design after a model.
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To make conform to a standard of excellence.

To model one's behavior on that of one's elders.

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To exhibit a behavior in such a way as to promote the establishment of similar patterns of behavior in another.

The therapist modeled socially appropriate conversation.

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Worthy of being a model; exemplary.
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To display for others to see, especially in regard to wearing clothing while performing the role of a fashion model.

She modelled the shoes for her friends to see.

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(intransitive) To make a model or models.
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To model is to create a representation or copy of something, often on a smaller scale, or to base your method of behavior on another person or procedure.

An example of model is when you build a small scale airplane.

An example of model is when you copy your older sibling's behavior.

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The definition of a model is a specific design of a product or a person who displays clothes, poses for an artist.

An example of a model is a hatch back version of a car.

An example of a model is a woman who wears a designer's clothes to show them to potential buyers at a fashion show.

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To repeat a behavior observed in another.
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A person who serves as a subject for artwork or fashion, usually in the medium of photography but also for painting or drawing.

The beautiful model had her face on the cover of almost every fashion magazine imaginable.

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A representation of a physical object, usually in miniature.

The boy played with a model of a World War II fighter plane.

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A simplified representation used to explain the workings of a real world system or event.

The computer weather model did not correctly predict the path of the hurricane.

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A style, type, or design.

He decided to buy the turbo engine model of the sports car.

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The team developed a sound business model.

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A successful example to be copied, with or without modifications.

He was a model of eloquence and virtue.

British parliamentary democracy was seen as a model for other countries to follow.

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(logic) An interpretation function which assigns a truth value to each atomic proposition.
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(logic) An interpretation which makes a certain sentence true, in which case that interpretation is called a model of that sentence.
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A particular style, design, or make of a particular product.

This year's model features four doors instead of two.

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Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.
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To use as an object in the creation of a forecast or model.

They modelled the data with a computer to analyze the experiment's results.

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To create from a substance such as clay.

The sculptor modelled the clay into the form of a dolphin.

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(intransitive) To be a model of any kind.

The actress used to model before being discovered by Hollywood.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
model
Plural:
models

Origin of model

  • French modèle from Italian modello diminutive of modo form from Latin modus measure, standard med- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French modelle, from Old Italian modello, from Vulgar Latin *modellus, diminutive form of modulus (“measure, standard"), diminutive of modus (“measure"); see mode, and compare module, modulus, mould, mold.

    From Wiktionary