Modeling involves making a representation of something. Creating a tiny, functioning volcano is an example of modeling. Teachers use modeling when they have a class election that represents a larger one, like a presidential election.

Modeling is anything that represents something else, usually on a smaller scale. Military commanders use physical and computer modeling to plan offensives. Modeling is helpful because it allows you to take a good look at something that is too big or impractical to see otherwise. If a tall beautiful person tells you he has a modeling career, he’s not a miniature version of something, but he does make money being a model. Outside the US, it’s often spelled with two l’s.

Definitions of modeling

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

model, modelling
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:
an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent

n sculpture produced by molding

clay sculpture, mold, molding, mould, moulding
Type of:
a three-dimensional work of plastic art

n a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied

modelling, molding, moulding
Type of:
carving, sculpture
creating figures or designs in three dimensions

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