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  1. A small object, usually built to scale, that represents in detail another, often larger object.
    1. A preliminary work or construction that serves as a plan from which a final product is to be made: a clay model ready for casting.
    2. Such a work or construction used in testing or perfecting a final product: a test model of a solar-powered vehicle.
  2. A schematic description of a system, theory, or phenomenon that accounts for its known or inferred properties and may be used for further study of its characteristics: a model of generative grammar; a model of an atom; an economic model.
  3. A style or design of an item: My car is last year's model.
  4. One serving as an example to be imitated or compared: a model of decorum. See Synonyms at ideal.
  5. One that serves as the subject for an artist, especially a person employed to pose for a painter, sculptor, or photographer.
  6. A person employed to display merchandise, such as clothing or cosmetics.
  7. Zoology An animal whose appearance is copied by a mimic.
mod·eled, also mod·elled mod·el·ing, mod·el·ling mod·els, mod·els
  1. To make or construct a model of.
  2. To plan, construct, or fashion according to a model.
  3. To make conform to a chosen standard: He modeled his manners on his father's.
  4. To make by shaping a plastic substance: model clay.
  5. To display by wearing or posing.
  6. In painting, drawing, and photography, to give a three-dimensional appearance to, as by shading or highlighting.
  1. To make a model.
  2. To serve or work as a model.
  1. Being, serving as, or used as a model.
  2. Worthy of imitation: a model child.

French modèle, from Italian modello, diminutive of modo, form, from Latin modus, measure, standard; see med- in Indo-European roots


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