• (British) IPA: /ˈmɒdl̩/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmɑdl̩/, [ˈmɑ.ɾɫ]

model (plural models)

  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 person, usually an attractive female, hired to show items or goods to the public, such as items given away as prizes on a TV game show.
  3. A representation of a physical object, usually in miniature.
    The boy played with a model of a World War II fighter plane.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      I had my father's signet in my purse, / Which was the model of that Danish seal.
    • some time after his death in 1719???, Joseph Addison, Dialogues Upon the Usefulness of Ancient Medals
      You have here the models of several ancient temples, though the temples and the gods are perished.
  4. A simplified representation 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.
  5. A style, type, or design.
    He decided to buy the turbo engine model of the sports car.
    This year's model features four doors instead of two.
  6. The structural design of a complex system.
    The team developed a sound business model.
  7. A successful example to be copied, with or without modifications.
    He was a model of eloquence and virtue.
    British parliamentary democracy was seen as a model for other countries to follow.
  8. (logic) An interpretation function which assigns a truth value to each atomic proposition.
  9. (logic) An interpretation which makes a certain sentence true, in which case that interpretation is called a model of that sentence.
  10. (medicine) An animal that is used to study a human disease or pathology.
  11. Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Thou seest thy wretched brother die, / Who was the model of thy father's life.
  12. (software architecture) In software applications using the model-view-controller design pattern, the part or parts of the application that manage the data.
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model (not comparable)

  1. Worthy of being a model; exemplary.
    • , Blackwood's Magazine, volume 289, page 525:
      At our approach the animals made so much noise that the owners of the hut peered round the door to see what was the matter; outwardly rather less model than the farm, there appeared two ancient Basques, emblematically black-bereted, gnarled [...]
    • 1898, John Thorburn, The St. Andrew's Society of Ottawa: 1846-1897 : sketch, page 40:
      [...] from the land of your origin, because you demand the claims of those who believe it more model than yours, [...]
    • 1932, Nora Fugger, James Austin Galaston (translator), The Glory of the Habsburgs: the Memoirs of Princess Fugger, page 35:
      Methods of game-preservation in their extensive and well-stocked hunting-grounds were as model as the huntsmanlike management of the hunts.
    • 1934, Charles Ryle Fay, Imperial economy and its place in the formation of economic doctrine, 1600-1932, page 143:
      [...] and we press with special severity on one small country whose agriculture is as model as is her way of rural life.
    • 1956, Stephen Rynne, All Ireland, page 54:
      True, it is an untidy county; the farmhouses are much more model than the farms (when we reach Antrim we shall find that the farms are more model than the farmhouses).
    • 1968, American County Government, volume 33, page 19:
      But not all the exchanges were as model as the sergeant. Some of the exchangees showed a rigidity and reluctance to adapt.
    • 1999, Michael D. Williams, Acquisition for the 21st century: the F-22 Development Program, page 113:
      It is as model as you can get.
    • 2002, Uma Anand Segal, A framework for immigration: Asians in the United States, page 308:
      While Asians have been perceived as the model minority, it is increasingly clear that some Asian groups are more model than are others, and even within these model groups, a division exists [...]
    • 2010, Eleanor Coppola, Notes on a Life, page 140:
      All were neat and well kept which added to the sense that they were more model than real.
    Synonyms: ideal
Translations Verb

model (models, present participle modelling; past and past participle modelled)

  1. (transitive) to display 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. (transitive) 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. (transitive) to make a miniature model of
    He takes great pride in his skill at modeling airplanes.
  4. (transitive) to create from a substance such as clay
    The sculptor modelled the clay into the form of a dolphin.
  5. (intransitive) to make a model#Noun|model or models
  6. (intransitive) to be a model of any kind
    The actress used to model before being discovered by Hollywood.
  • modelise, US modelize
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  • Italian: fare il modello (for males), fare la modella (for females)
  • Spanish: modelar

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