mod´el|er


mod´el|er
mod|el «MOD uhl», noun, verb, -eled, -el|ing or (especially British) -elled, -el|ling, adjective.
–n.
1. a small copy: »

a model of a ship or an engine, a model of an island.

2. a) an object or figure made in clay, wax, or the like, that is to be copied in marble, bronze, or other material: »

a model for a statue.

b) a design or representation of anything made to scale: »

a model of the DNA molecule, a model of a stage set.

3. the way in which a thing is made; design; style: »

an airplane of an advanced model. Our car is a late model. I want a dress like yours, for that model is becoming to me.

4. any formula, diagram, or scheme used to explain or describe relationships: »

a mathematical model of communications, the mechanistic model of the universe. A tree is often used as a model showing the relationship between languages.

5. Figurative. a thing or person to be copied or imitated; exemplar: »

a model of courage. Make your father your model, and you will become a fine man.

6. a person who poses for artists and photographers: »

Nearly every individual of their number might have been taken for a sculptor's model (Herman Melville).

7. a person, especially a woman, who wears new clothes in a clothing store, at a fashion show, or the like, in order to show customers how the clothes look; mannequin.
–v.t.
1. a) to make, shape, or fashion; design or plan: »

Model a horse in clay.

b) to simulate an event or process using mathematics or computer programming: »

To get a better grip on Lake Tahoe's tsunami potential...Reno geologists have been modeling different quake scenarios; Researchers have used the computer to model the molecular behavior of explosives (Science News).

2. to follow as a model; form (something) after a particular model: »

Figurative. Model yourself on your father.

3. to wear as a model: »

to model a dress.

4. (in drawing or painting) to give an appearance of natural relief to: »

Model the trees by shading.

–v.i.
1. to make models; design: »

She models in plaster as a hobby.

2. to be a model; pose: »

She models for an illustrator.

3. (of the portions of a drawing in progress) to assume the appearance of natural relief: »

The trees model as you add shading.

–adj.
1. just right or perfect, especially in conduct; exemplary: »

She is a model child.

2. serving as a model: »

a model house. A model home is being prepared for display by the middle of June (New York Times).

[< French modèle < Italian modello (diminutive) < modo mode1 < Latin modus measure, manner]
mod´el|er, especially British,
mod´el|ler, noun.
Synonym Study noun.5 Model, example, pattern mean someone or something to be copied or followed. Model implies especially a quality of conduct or character worth copying or imitating: »

The saint was a model of unselfishness.

Example implies especially action or conduct, good or bad, that one is likely to follow or copy: »

Children follow the example set by their parents.

Pattern applies particularly to any example or model that is followed or copied very closely: »

The family's pattern of living has not changed in generations.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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