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(1)   The act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)
(2)   Representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
(3)   A type of product
"His car was an old model"
(4)   A hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
"The computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems"
(5)   Something to be imitated
"An exemplar of success"
"A model of clarity"
"He is the very model of a modern major general"
(6)   A representative form or pattern
"I profited from his example"
(7)   A woman who wears clothes to display fashions
"She was too fat to be a mannequin"
(8)   A person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor
"The president didn't have time to be a model so the artist worked from photos"
(9)   Someone worthy of imitation
"Every child needs a role model"


(10)   Form in clay, wax, etc
"Model a head with clay"
(11)   Construct a model of
"Model an airplane"
(12)   Create a representation or model of
"The pilots are trained in conditions simulating high-altitude flights"
(13)   Plan or create according to a model or models
(14)   Display (clothes) as a mannequin
"Model the latest fashion"
(15)   Assume a posture as for artistic purposes
"We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"


< < < , diminutive form of , diminutive of ; see mode, and cf. module, modulus, mould, mold.


  1. 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.
  2. A miniature representation of a physical object.
    The boy played with a model of a World War II fighter plane.
  3. A simplified representation (usually mathematical) 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.
  4. A style, type, or design.
    He decided to buy the turbo engine model of the sports car.
  5. The structural design of a complex system.
    The team developed a sound business model.
  6. A praiseworthy example to be copied, with or without modifications.
    British parliamentary democracy was seen as a model for other countries to follow.
  7. An interpretation function which assigns a truth value to each atomic proposition.


  1. Serving as an example of something.
    The couple inspected the model home with a real estate agent.
  2. Worthy of being a model; exemplary.
    He was a model student.
  3. Being a small copy of something.
    A model airplane.


  1. To display an object 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To make a miniature model of.
    He takes great pride in his skill at modeling airplanes.
  4. To create from a substance such as clay.
    The sculptor modelled the clay into the form of a dolphin.
  5. To be a model.
    The actress used to model before being discovered by Hollywood.