Origin of model

1565–75; earlier modell < Middle French modelle < Italian modello < Vulgar Latin *modellus, equivalent to Latin mod(ulus) (see module) + -ellus -elle

Related forms

mod·el·er; especially British, mod·el·ler, nounpre·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, adjectiveun·mod·elled, adjective

Synonym study

1. See ideal.

Definition for modelling (2 of 2)

modeling

[ mod-l-ing ]
/ ˈmɒd l ɪŋ /

noun

the act, art, or profession of a person who models.
the process of producing sculptured form with some plastic material, as clay.
the technique of rendering the illusion of volume on a two-dimensional surface by shading.
the treatment of volume, as the turning of a form, in sculpture.
the representation, often mathematical, of a process, concept, or operation of a system, often implemented by a computer program.
Also called imitation. Psychology. therapy in which a particular behavior is elicited by the observation of similar behavior in others.
Also especially British, mod·el·ling.

Origin of modeling

First recorded in 1575–85; model + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for modelling (1 of 2)

modelling

US modeling

/ (ˈmɒdəlɪŋ) /

noun

the act or an instance of making a model
the practice or occupation of a person who models clothes
a technique in psychotherapy in which the therapist encourages the patient to model his behaviour on his own

British Dictionary definitions for modelling (2 of 2)

model

/ (ˈmɒdəl) /

noun

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

Derived Forms

modeller or US modeler, noun

Word Origin for model

C16: from Old French modelle, from Italian modello, from Latin modulus, diminutive of modus mode
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Medicine definitions for modelling

modeling

[ mŏdl-ĭng ]

n.

The acquisition of a new skill by observing and imitating that behavior being performed by another individual.
In behavior modification, a treatment procedure in which the therapist models the target behavior which the learner is to imitate.
A continuous process by which a bone is altered in size and shape during its growth by resorption and formation of bone at different sites and rates.
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Science definitions for modelling

model

[ mŏdl ]

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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