Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)
  2. (noun, artifact) representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
  3. (noun, cognition) a type of product
  4. (noun, cognition) a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
  5. (noun, cognition) something to be imitated
    a model of clarity
    he is the very model of a modern major general
  6. (noun, cognition) a representative form or pattern
  7. (noun, person) a woman who wears clothes to display fashions
  8. (noun, person) a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor
  9. (noun, person) someone worthy of imitation
  10. (verb, creation) form in clay, wax, etc
  11. (verb, creation) construct a model of
  12. (verb, creation) create a representation or model of
  13. (verb, creation) plan or create according to a model or models
  14. (verb, perception) display (clothes) as a mannequin
  15. (verb, perception) assume a posture as for artistic purposes
  16. (adj, all) worthy of imitation
    model citizens

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Model

  1. 1570s, "architect's set of designs," from M.Fr. modelle (Fr. mod?le), from It. modello "a model, mold," from V.L. *modellus, dim. of L. modulus "measure, standard," dim. of modus "manner, measure" (see mode (1)). Sense of "thing or person to be imitated" is 1630s. Meaning "motor vehicle of a particular design" is from 1900 (e.g. Mode… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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