Nearby words

  1. modal logic,
  2. modality,
  3. modally,
  4. modding,
  5. mode,
  6. model t,
  7. model theory,
  8. modeler,
  9. modeling,
  10. modelist

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 formsmod·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.

modeling

[mod-l-ing]

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

modelling

US modeling

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

model

noun

  1. a representation, usually on a smaller scale, of a device, structure, etc
  2. (as modifier)a model train
  1. a standard to be imitatedshe was my model for good scholarship
  2. (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 productlast year's model
British
  1. an original unique article of clothing
  2. (as modifier)a model coat
a simplified representation or description of a system or complex entity, esp one designed to facilitate calculations and predictions
logic
  1. an interpretation of a formal system under which the theorems derivable in that system are mapped onto truths
  2. a theory in which a given sentence is true

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

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
Derived Formsmodeller 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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Word Origin and History for modelling
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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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