model

model [mäd′'l]
n.
[Fr modèle < It modello, dim. of modo < L modus,MODE]
1.
a) a small copy or imitation of an existing object, as a ship, building, etc., made to scale
b) a preliminary representation of something, serving as the plan from which the final, usually larger, object is to be constructed
c) ARCHETYPE (sense 1)
d) a hypothetical or stylized representation, as of an atom
e) a generalized, hypothetical description, often based on an analogy, used in analyzing or explaining something
f) a piece of sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work in bronze, marble, etc. is to be made
2. a person or thing considered as a standard of excellence to be imitated
3. a style or design; specif., any of a series of different styles or designs of a particular product [a two-door model, a heavy-duty model, a 1969 model]
4.
a) a person who poses for an artist or photographer
b) any person or thing serving as a subject for an artist or writer
c) a person employed to display clothes by wearing them; mannequin
adj.
1. serving as a model, pattern, or standard of excellence [a model student]
2. representative of others of the same kind, style, etc. [a model home]
3. of or being a small-scale copy of an airplane, ship, etc., esp. one assembled from a KIT1 (n. 2d) as a hobby
vt.
modeled or modelled, modeling or modelling
1.
a) to make a model of
b) to plan, form, or design after a model
c) to make conform to a standard of excellence [to model one's behavior on that of one's elders]
2. to shape or form in or as in clay, wax, etc.
3. to display (a dress, suit, etc.) by wearing
4. Drawing Painting etc. to create a three-dimensional image of on a flat surface through the use of color, shading, etc.
vi.
1. to make a model or models [to model in clay ]
2. to serve as a MODEL (sense 4)
modeler
n.
modeller
SYN.- MODEL refers to a representation made to be copied or, more generally, to any person or thing to be followed or imitated because of excellence, worth, etc.; EXAMPLE suggests that which is presented as a sample, or that which sets a precedent for imitation, whether good or bad; a PATTERN is a model, guide, plan, etc. to be strictly followed; PARADIGM is common now only in its grammatical sense of an example of a declension or conjugation, giving all the inflectional forms of a word; ARCHETYPE applies to the original pattern serving as the model for all later things of the same kind; STANDARD refers to something established for use as a rule or a basis of comparison in judging quality, quantity, etc.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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