a standard or example for imitation or comparison.
a representation, generally in miniature, to show the construction or appearance of something.
an image in clay, wax, or the like, to be reproduced in more durable material.
a person or thing that serves as a subject for an artist, sculptor, writer, etc.
a person whose profession is posing for artists or photographers.
a person employed to wear clothing or pose with a product for purposes of display and advertising.
a style or design of a particular product: His car is last year's model.
a pattern or mode of structure or formation.
a typical form or style.
a simplified representation of a system or phenomenon, as in the sciences or economics, with any hypotheses required to describe the system or explain the phenomenon, often mathematically.
Zoology. an animal that is mimicked in form or color by another.
serving as an example or model: a model home open to prospective buyers.
worthy to serve as a model; exemplary: a model student.
being a small or miniature version of something: He enjoyed building model ships.
to form or plan according to a model.
to give shape or form to; fashion.
to make a miniature model of.
to fashion in clay, wax, or the like.
to simulate (a process, concept, or the operation of a system), commonly with the aid of a computer.
to display to other persons or to prospective customers, especially by wearing: to model dresses.
to use or include as an element in a larger construct: to model new data into the forecast.
to make models.
to produce designs in some plastic material.
to assume a typical or natural appearance, as the parts of a drawing in progress.
to serve or be employed as a model.
- mod·el·er; especially British, mod·el·ler, noun
- pre·mod·el, verb (used without object), pre·mod·eled, pre·mod·el·ing or (especially British) pre·mod·elled, pre·mod·el·ling.
- un·mod·eled, adjective
- un·mod·elled, adjective
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How to use model in a sentence
If you’re buying a winch new, order a model that already comes with a synthetic rope.
Gateway is also making two models of Android tablet—an 8" GWAT8-1 which doesn't appear to be available retail yet, and a 10" model available at Walmart for $67.We found out who makes Walmart’s new Gateway laptops, and it’s bad news | Jim Salter | September 16, 2020 | Ars Technica
The NASA smoke model not painting a pretty picture for the next 5 days in the Pacific NW.A nearly unprecedented cluster of tropical storms are brewing in the Atlantic | Sara Chodosh | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
In response, it tweaked its models to better respond to the paradigm shift.The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio | Bernhard Warner | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Huang said Nvidia valued Arm’s independence and business model.Why Nvidia’s purchase of Arm worries the U.K. tech sector | Jeremy Kahn | September 14, 2020 | Fortune
Some gay apps, like the newer Mister, have not subscribed to the community/tribe model.
If the Israel model ban were directed towards disordered eating, Ravin says she would support it whole-heartedly.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like drawing tattoos, sewing earmuffs, or fashioning model airplanes from old chip bags?How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’ | Michael Howard | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The escort site Cowboys4Angels peddles chiseled, hot-bodied men and their smoldering model looks to women willing to pay.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex | Aurora Snow | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They love them as props or for decorating a white model in black face!One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was also supposed to be the original or model of “the Virtuous Woman” therein portrayed!Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
She is a model of the Brisk—the little Brisk that was sore exposed that day at Navarino.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
The duke was agricultural above all things; he had a model estate bristling with scientific improvement.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
In all the events belonging to this century, we have only to deal with the last two figures— model Queen gives the date of 37.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
This is very probable, and may account also for the elevated model which was adopted both by Andrew and some others of the Amati.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
British Dictionary definitions for model
a representation, usually on a smaller scale, of a device, structure, etc
(as modifier): a model train
a standard to be imitated: she was my model for good scholarship
(as modifier): a model wife
a representative form, style, or pattern
a person who poses for a sculptor, painter, or photographer
a person who wears clothes to display them to prospective buyers; mannequin
a preparatory sculpture in clay, wax, etc, from which the finished work is copied
a design or style, esp one of a series of designs of a particular product: last year's model
an original unique article of clothing
(as modifier): a model coat
a simplified representation or description of a system or complex entity, esp one designed to facilitate calculations and predictions
an interpretation of a formal system under which the theorems derivable in that system are mapped onto truths
a theory in which a given sentence is true
to make a model of (something or someone)
to form in clay, wax, etc; mould
to display (clothing and accessories) as a mannequin
to plan or create according to a model or models
to arrange studio lighting so that highlights and shadows emphasize the desired features of a human form or an inanimate object
- modeller or US modeler, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for model
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. See also hypothesis theory.
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