What does Model mean?

Definitions for Model
ˈmɒd lmod·el

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Model.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. model, theoretical account, frameworknoun

    a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process

    "the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems"

  2. modelnoun

    a type of product

    "his car was an old model"

  3. model, posernoun

    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"

  4. model, simulationnoun

    representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)

  5. exemplar, example, model, good examplenoun

    something to be imitated

    "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"

  6. model, role modelnoun

    someone worthy of imitation

    "every child needs a role model"

  7. model, examplenoun

    a representative form or pattern

    "I profited from his example"

  8. mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin, fashion model, modelnoun

    a woman who wears clothes to display fashions

    "she was too fat to be a mannequin"

  9. model, modelling, modelingadjective

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

  10. exemplary, model(a)verb

    worthy of imitation

    "exemplary behavior"; "model citizens"

  11. model, patternverb

    plan or create according to a model or models

  12. model, mold, mouldverb

    form in clay, wax, etc

    "model a head with clay"

  13. model, pose, sit, postureverb

    assume a posture as for artistic purposes

    "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"

  14. modelverb

    display (clothes) as a mannequin

    "model the latest fashion"

  15. model, simulateverb

    create a representation or model of

    "The pilots are trained in conditions simulating high-altitude flights"

  16. model, mock upverb

    construct a model of

    "model an airplane"


  1. Modelnoun

    A person who is employed to wear clothing for the purpose of advertising or display, or who poses with a product for the same purpose; a mannequin; as, a fashion model.

  2. Modelnoun

    A particular version or design of an object that is made in multiple versions; as, the 1993 model of the Honda Accord; the latest model of the HP laserjet printer. For many manufactured products, the model name is encoded as part of the model number.

  3. Modelnoun

    An abstract and often simplified conceptual representation of the workings of a system of objects in the real world, which often includes mathematical or logical objects and relations representing the objects and relations in the real-world system, and constructed for the purpose of explaining the workings of the system or predicting its behavior under hypothetical conditions; as, the administration's model of the United States economy predicts budget surpluses for the next fifteen years; different models of the universe assume different values for the cosmological constant; models of proton structure have grown progressively more complex in the past century.

  4. Modelnoun

    A person who poses as a pattern for an artist; as, the artist used his daughter as a model for an Indian maiden.


  1. modelnoun

    A person who serves as a subject for artwork or fashion, usually in the medium of photography but also for painting or drawing.

    The beautiful model had her face on the cover of almost every fashion magazine imaginable.

  2. modelnoun

    A miniature representation of a physical object.

    The boy played with a model of a World War II fighter plane.

  3. modelnoun

    A simplified representation used to explain the workings of a real world system or event.

    The computer weather model did not correctly predict the path of the hurricane.

  4. modelnoun

    A style, type, or design.

    He decided to buy the turbo engine model of the sports car.

  5. modelnoun

    The structural design of a complex system.

    The team developed a sound business model.

  6. modelnoun

    A praiseworthy example to be copied, with or without modifications.

    British parliamentary democracy was seen as a model for other countries to follow.

  7. modelnoun

    An interpretation function which assigns a truth value to each atomic proposition.

  8. modelnoun

    An interpretation which makes a certain sentence true, in which case that interpretation is called a model of that sentence.

  9. modelnoun

    A particular style, design, or make of a particular product.

    This year's model features four doors instead of two.

  10. modelverb

    To display for others to see, especially in regard to wearing clothing while performing the role of a fashion model.

    She modelled the shoes for her friends to see.

  11. modelverb

    To use as an object in the creation of a forecast or model.

    They modelled the data with a computer to analyze the experiment's results.

  12. modelverb

    To make a miniature model of.

    He takes great pride in his skill at modeling airplanes.

  13. modelverb

    To create from a substance such as clay.

    The sculptor modelled the clay into the form of a dolphin.

  14. modelverb

    To make a model or models.

  15. modelverb

    To be a model of any kind.

    The actress used to model before being discovered by Hollywood.

  16. modelnoun

    An identifier of a product given by its manufacturer (also called model number).

  17. modeladjective

    Worthy of being a model; exemplary.

  18. Etymology: From modelle, from modello, from modellus, diminutive form of modulus, diminutive of modus; see mode, and compare module, modulus, mould, mold.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MODELnoun

    Etymology: modele, French; modulus, Latin.

    I’ll draw the form and model of our battle;
    Limit each leader to his several charge,
    And part in just proportion our small strength. William Shakespeare.

    You have the models of several ancient temples, though the temples and the gods are perished. Addison.

    A fault it would be if some king should build his mansion-house by the model of Solomon’s palace. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    They cannot see sin in those means they use, with intent to reform to their models what they call religion. Charles I .

    Nothing can we call our own but death;
    And that small model of the barren earth,
    Which serves as paste and cover to our bones. William Shakespeare.

    As he who presumes steps into the throne of God, so he that despairs measures providence by his own little contracted model. Robert South, Sermons.

    I have commended to his goodness
    The model of our chaste loves, his young daughter. William Shakespeare.

    England! model to thy inward greatness,
    Like little body with a mighty heart. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Modelverb

    To plan; to shape; to mould; to form; to delineate.

    Etymology: modeler, French.

    When they come to model heav’n,
    And calculate the stars, how they will wield
    The mighty frame. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. viii.

    The government is modelled after the same manner with that of the Cantons, as much as so small a community can imitate those of so large an extent. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modelnoun

    a miniature representation of a thing, with the several parts in due proportion; sometimes, a facsimile of the same size

  2. Modelnoun

    something intended to serve, or that may serve, as a pattern of something to be made; a material representation or embodiment of an ideal; sometimes, a drawing; a plan; as, the clay model of a sculpture; the inventor's model of a machine

  3. Modelnoun

    anything which serves, or may serve, as an example for imitation; as, a government formed on the model of the American constitution; a model of eloquence, virtue, or behavior

  4. Modelnoun

    that by which a thing is to be measured; standard

  5. Modelnoun

    any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact

  6. Modelnoun

    a person who poses as a pattern to an artist

  7. Modeladjective

    suitable to be taken as a model or pattern; as, a model house; a model husband

  8. Modelverb

    to plan or form after a pattern; to form in model; to form a model or pattern for; to shape; to mold; to fashion; as, to model a house or a government; to model an edifice according to the plan delineated

  9. Modelverb

    to make a copy or a pattern; to design or imitate forms; as, to model in wax

  10. Etymology: [F. modle, It. modello, fr. (assumed) L. modellus, fr. modulus a small measure, dim. of modus. See Mode, and cf. Module.]


  1. Model

    A model, is a person who is employed to promote, display, or advertise commercial products or to serve as a visual object for people who are creating works of art. Modelling is considered to be different from other types of public performance, such as an acting, dancing or being a mime artist. The boundary between modelling and performing is, however, not well defined, although such activities as appearing in a movie or a play are almost never labelled as modelling. Types of modelling include fashion, glamour, fitness, bikini, fine art, body-part and commercial print models. Models are featured in a variety of media formats including books, magazines, movies, newspapers, and TV. Fashion models are sometimes featured in movies Looker, reality television shows, or music videos.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Model

    mod′el, n. something to show the mode or way: something to be copied: a pattern: a mould: an imitation of something on a smaller scale: a living person from whom an artist works: something worthy of imitation.—adj. serving as a model: fit for a model.—v.t. to form after a model: to shape: to make a model or copy of: to form in some soft material.—v.i. to practise modelling:—pr.p. mod′elling; pa.p. mod′elled.ns. Mod′eller; Mod′elling, the act or art of making a model of something, a branch of sculpture. [Fr.,—L. modulus, dim. of modus, a measure.]

Editors Contribution

  1. model

    A type of computer or digital representation of data, information or statistics.

    The computer model was accurate, true and structured.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

  2. model

    The creation and design of a system.

    The business model was easy and simple so many chose to create their system in a similar way.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  


  1. Model

    see mimicry.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Model' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #742

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Model' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1510

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Model' in Nouns Frequency: #207

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Model' in Verbs Frequency: #1038

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Model in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Model in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Model in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Rauch:

    People are getting to their sixties with another 15 years of productive life ahead, and this is turning out to be the most emotionally-rewarding part of life, they don't want to just hang it up and just play golf. That model is wrong.

  2. Douglas Flint:

    Is there a better model? Those of us who are large have always faced questions.

  3. Henri Falcon:

    I'm clear who my adversary his: Nicolas Maduro and his model, nicolas Maduro should save Venezuela from more tragedies and resign.

  4. Jeff Sessions:

    I think our President, having seen some of these really weird interpretations of the executive orders that he's put out, I think he's more understanding now that we need judges who follow the law, not make law, the judges don't get to psychoanalyze the President to see if the order he issues is lawful. It's either lawful or it's not. I think that it will be real important for America to have judges in the model of Judge (Neil) Gorsuch and (the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin) Scalia, people who serve under the law, under the Constitution, not above it, and they are faithful to the law. They honor it and don't try to remake it as they'd like it to be.

  5. Michael Moore:

    There's no bigger swamp in Washington than the Federal Reserve Board, it's filled with hundreds of economists who are worthless, who have the wrong model in their mind. They should all be, they should all be fired and they should be replaced by good economists.

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Translations for Model

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  • قدوة, موديل, نموذجArabic
  • өлгө, үрнәкBashkir
  • model, maquetaCatalan, Valencian
  • vzor, modelka, manekýn, model, manekýna, manekýnkaCzech
  • Modell, Fotomodell, Mannequin, Model, Vorbild, modellierenGerman
  • μακέταGreek
  • pozisto, pozistinoEsperanto
  • ejemplar, maqueta, modelo, ejemplo, modelar, mostrar, graficar, armar, proyectar, moldearSpanish
  • مانکن, مدلPersian
  • malli, pienoismalli, esikuvallinen, mannekiini, muodostaa, esitellä, mallintaa, muovataFinnish
  • mannequin, maquette, modèle, exemplaire, exemple, modéliser, modelerFrench
  • dèanamhScottish Gaelic
  • modeloGalician
  • नमूनाHindi
  • modell, manöken, modellez, mintáz, modellkedikHungarian
  • modello, modella, esemplare, modellino, presentare, modellare, indossareItalian
  • 模型, モデル, 模範Japanese
  • 모형Korean
  • peragawati, peragawanMalay
  • model, mannequin, modelleren, staan, tonenDutch
  • model, makieta, wzór, podręcznikowy, modelka, wzorcowyPolish
  • modelo, modelar, exemplarPortuguese
  • моде́ль, маке́т, фасо́н, образцовый, этало́н, шабло́н, образе́цRussian
  • förebild, föredöme, modell, fotomodell, exemplarisk, föredömlig, mannekäng, modell-Swedish
  • மாதிரிTamil
  • modeloTagalog
  • người mẫuVietnamese
  • 模型Chinese

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