Other forms: models; modelled; modeled

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.

Definitions of model
  1. noun
    a representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
    synonyms: simulation
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    a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
    a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
    full-scale working model of something built for study or testing or display
    an apparatus or model for representing the solar systems
    a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.
    a rough preliminary model
    a three-dimensional representation of a scene, in miniature or life-size, with figures and objects set against a background
    celestial globe
    a globe that is a spherical model of the heavens
    a figure representing the human form
    figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
    figurine, statuette
    a small carved or molded figure
    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
    a figure of a person made of packed snow
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    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  2. noun
    the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)
    synonyms: modeling, modelling
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    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
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    an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent
  3. noun
    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
    (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
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    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
  4. noun
    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
    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
    an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come
    a concentrated example of something
    (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
    the first functional model of some new design or product
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    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
  5. verb
    create a representation or model of
    synonyms: simulate
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    create anew
  6. verb
    construct a model of
    model an airplane”
    synonyms: mock up
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    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
  7. verb
    form in clay, wax, etc
    model a head with clay”
    synonyms: mold, mould
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    forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
  8. verb
    plan or create according to a model or models
    synonyms: pattern
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    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
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    copy, imitate, simulate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  9. noun
    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
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    assistant, help, helper, supporter
    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  10. noun
    a person who wears clothes to display fashions
    synonyms: fashion model, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin
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    a fashion model who has attained the status of a celebrity
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    assistant, help, helper, supporter
    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  11. verb
    assume a posture as for artistic purposes
    synonyms: pose, posture, sit
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    be rampant
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    display, exhibit, expose
    show; make visible or apparent
  12. verb
    display (clothes) as a mannequin
    model the latest fashion”
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    display, exhibit, expose
    show; make visible or apparent
  13. noun
    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
    a model considered worthy of imitation
    an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality
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    the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
  14. noun
    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
    someone of remarkable excellence
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    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  15. adjective
    worthy of imitation
    model citizens”
    synonyms: exemplary
    having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
  16. noun
    a type of product
    “his car was an old model
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    form, kind, sort, variety
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality




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