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
In Israel, however, a new law took effect January 1st that banned the use of underweight models.
In front of this strange structure are two blank-faced, well-dressed models showing off the latest in European minimalism.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion | Nina Strochlic | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Models in Israel will have to maintain a BMI of 18.5 or higher if they want to stay employed.
It also required that ads print a disclaimer if they digitally altered the models.
Much of the media coverage around eating disorders surrounds celebrities and models.
She is skilful in seizing salient characteristics, and her chief aim is to preserve the individuality of her sitters and models.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
Few of us ever made a proper use of models, and nearly all of us have miserably trained hands.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
I fear she was often shocked at our easy Saxon ways, though Tom and I thought ourselves models of thrift.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The pupil should look upon my formulas as models merely, and make his own whenever possible.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
A year or two before this Trevithick had made models of high-pressure steam-engines.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
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
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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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