model

To model something is to show it off. To make a model of your favorite car is to create a miniature version of it. To be a model is to be so gorgeous that you’re photographed for a living.

The word model, which can be a noun, verb, or adjective, comes from the Latin word modulus, meaning “measure,” or “standard.” If you are a model student, you do everything as the school and teachers wish: you are the standard. If you model your life on your hero's, you try to do what he or she does. If you are a clothing designer you will need to hire a model to model your creations.

Primary Meanings of model

1.
nv
representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
create a representation or model of
2.
nv
a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor
assume a posture as for artistic purposes
3.
nadj
something to be imitated
worthy of imitation
4.
n
a type of product
Full Definitions of model
1

n representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)

Synonyms:
simulation
Examples:
Trojan Horse
a large hollow wooden figure of a horse (filled with Greek soldiers) left by the Greeks outside Troy during the Trojan War
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figure
a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
globe
a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
mock-up
full-scale working model of something built for study or testing or display
planetarium
an apparatus or model for representing the solar systems
restoration
a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.
roughcast
a rough preliminary model
celestial globe
a globe that is a spherical model of the heavens
dummy
a figure representing the human form
figurehead
figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
figurine, statuette
a small carved or molded figure
orrery
planetarium consisting of an apparatus that illustrates the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by rotation and revolution of balls moved by wheelwork; sometimes incorporated in a clock
marionette, puppet
a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
snowman
a figure of a person made of packed snow
Type of:
representation
a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

n the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)

Synonyms:
modeling, modelling
Types:
simulation
the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training)
war game
a simulation of a military operation intended to train military commanders or to demonstrate a situation or to test a proposed strategy
Type of:
representation
an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent

n a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process

“the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems”
Synonyms:
framework, theoretical account
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computer simulation, simulation
(computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
mean sun
a theoretical sun that moves along the celestial equator at a constant speed and completes its annual course in the same amount of time the real sun takes at variable speeds
Copernican system
(astronomy) Copernicus' astronomical model in which the Earth rotates around the sun
Ptolemaic system
(astronomy) Ptolemy's model of the universe with the Earth at the center
M-theory
(particle physics) a theory that involves an eleven-dimensional universe in which the weak and strong forces and gravity are unified and to which all the string theories belong
string theory
(particle physics) a theory that postulates that subatomic particles are one-dimensional strings
stochastic process
a statistical process involving a number of random variables depending on a variable parameter (which is usually time)
Markoff process, Markov process
a simple stochastic process in which the distribution of future states depends only on the present state and not on how it arrived in the present state
random walk
a stochastic process consisting of a sequence of changes each of whose characteristics (as magnitude or direction) is determined by chance
stationary stochastic process
a stochastic process in which the distribution of the random variables is the same for any value of the variable parameter
Type of:
hypothesis, possibility, theory
a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

n a representative form or pattern

Synonyms:
example
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loadstar, lodestar
something that serves as a model or guide
epitome, image, paradigm, prototype
a standard or typical example
holotype, type specimen
the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made
microcosm
a miniature model of something
archetype, original, pilot
something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
guide, template, templet
a model or standard for making comparisons
prefiguration
an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come
concentrate
a concentrated example of something
imago
(psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood
rhythm, speech rhythm
the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
Type of:
internal representation, mental representation, representation
a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

v create a representation or model of

Synonyms:
simulate
Type of:
re-create
create anew

v construct a model of

model an airplane”
Synonyms:
mock up
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

v form in clay, wax, etc

model a head with clay”
Synonyms:
mold, mould
Type of:
forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function

v plan or create according to a model or models

Synonyms:
pattern
Types:
scale
pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
sovietise, sovietize
model a country's social, political, and economic structure on the Soviet Union
Type of:
copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks
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n 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”
Synonyms:
poser
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artist's model, sitter
a person who poses for a painter or sculptor
dressmaker's model
someone who models dresses
photographer's model
a model who poses for photographers
cover girl, lovely, pin-up
a very pretty girl who works as a photographer's model
Type of:
assistant, help, helper, supporter
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

n a woman who wears clothes to display fashions

Synonyms:
fashion model, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin
Types:
supermodel
a fashion model who has attained the status of a celebrity
Type of:
assistant, help, helper, supporter
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

v assume a posture as for artistic purposes

Synonyms:
pose, posture, sit
Types:
ramp
be rampant
Type of:
display, exhibit, expose
to show, make visible or apparent

v display (clothes) as a mannequin

model the latest fashion”
Type of:
display, exhibit, expose
to show, make visible or apparent
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n something to be imitated

“a model of clarity”
“he is the very model of a modern major general”
Synonyms:
example, exemplar, good example
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beaut, beauty
an outstanding example of its kind
pacemaker, pacesetter
a leading instance in its field
pattern
a model considered worthy of imitation
prodigy
an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality
Type of:
ideal
the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain

n someone worthy of imitation

“every child needs a role model
Synonyms:
role model
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apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, paragon, saint
model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
fashion arbiter, taste-maker, trend-setter
someone who popularizes a new fashion
crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey
someone excellent of their kind
class act
someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence
humdinger
someone of remarkable excellence
Type of:
leader
a person who rules or guides or inspires others

adj worthy of imitation

model citizens”
Synonyms:
exemplary
worthy
having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
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n a type of product

“his car was an old model
Type of:
form, kind, sort, variety
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality