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1. A small object, usually built to scale, that represents in detail another, often larger object.
a. 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.
b. Such a work or construction used in testing or perfecting a final product: a test model of a solar-powered vehicle.
3. A schematic description or representation of something, especially a system or phenomenon, that accounts for its properties and is used to study its characteristics: a model of generative grammar; a model of an atom; an economic model.
4. A style or design of an item: My car is last year's model.
5. One serving as an example to be imitated or compared: a model of decorum. See Synonyms at ideal.
a. One that serves as the subject for an artist, especially a person employed to pose for a painter, sculptor, or photographer.
b. One that serves as the basis for a fictional character or place.
7. A person employed to display merchandise, such as clothing or cosmetics.
8. Zoology An animal whose appearance is copied by a mimic.
1. Being, serving as, or used as a model.
2. Worthy of imitation: a model child.
v. mod·eled, mod·el·ing, mod·els also mod·elled or mod·el·ling
1. To make or construct a descriptive or representational model of: computer programs that model climate change.
2. To plan, construct, or fashion in imitation of a model: modeled his legal career after that of his mentor.
a. To make by shaping a plastic substance: modeled a bust from clay.
b. To form (clay, for example) into a shape.
4. To display by wearing or posing in: model clothes.
5. In painting, drawing, and photography, to give a three-dimensional appearance to, as by shading or highlighting.
6. Psychology
a. To exhibit (a behavior) in such a way as to promote the establishment of similar patterns of behavior in another: The therapist modeled socially appropriate conversation.
b. To repeat (a behavior observed in another): The child was modeling her mother's nurturing behavior.
1. To make a model.
2. To work or serve as a model, as in wearing clothes for display or serving as the subject of an artist.
Phrasal Verb:
model (oneself) on (or after)
To copy the example of (another); imitate.

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

mod′el·er n.


(ˈmɒdəlɪŋ) or


1. (Art Terms) the act or an instance of making a model
2. (Modelmaking & Model Railways) the act or an instance of making a model
3. (Clothing & Fashion) the practice or occupation of a person who models clothes
4. (Psychiatry) a technique in psychotherapy in which the therapist encourages the patient to model his behaviour on his own
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.modelling - a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copiedmodelling - a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
sculpture, carving - creating figures or designs in three dimensions
2.modelling - the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)modelling - the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)
representation - an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent
simulation - 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)
صُنْع نَموذَج، تَشْكيل قالِب، صَوْغ
fyrirsætustörf; formsköpun


modeling (US) [ˈmɒdlɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= making models) (by shaping) → modelado m; (by building) → modelismo m, construcción f de maquetas
2. (= modelling clothes) → profesión f de modelo
my daughter does modellingmi hija es modelo
B. CPD modelling clay Nplastilina ® f


n (= profession) → mannequinat f
modif [contract, career] → de mannequinat
She was being offered a modelling contract → On lui proposait un contrat de mannequinat.modelling clay npâte f à modelermodel plane nmodèle f réduit d'avion, maquette f d'avionmodel railway ntrain m électrique


, (US) modeling
(of statue etc)Modellieren nt; (fig: of features) → Schnitt m
to do some modelling (Phot, Art) → als Modell arbeiten; (Fashion) → als Mannequin/Dressman arbeiten


modeling (Am) [ˈmɒdlɪŋ] n
a. (Fashion) → professione f d'indossatore/trice or modello/a
b. (Sculpture) → modellamento


(ˈmodl) noun
1. a copy or representation of something usually on a much smaller scale. a model of the Taj Mahal; (also adjective) a model aeroplane.
2. a particular type or design of something, eg a car, that is manufactured in large numbers. Our car is a 1999 model.
3. a person who wears clothes etc so that possible buyers can see them being worn. He has a job as a male fashion model.
4. a person who is painted, sculpted, photographed etc by an artist, photographer etc. I work as an artist's model.
5. something that can be used to copy from.
6. a person or thing which is an excellent example. She is a model of politeness; (also adjective) model behaviour.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈmodelled , (American usually) ˈmodeled
1. to wear (clothes etc) to show them to possible buyers. They model (underwear) for a living.
2. to work or pose as a model for an artist, photographer etc. She models at the local art school.
3. to make models (of things or people). to model (the heads of famous people) in clay.
4. to form (something) into a (particular) shape. She modelled the clay into the shape of a penguin; She models herself on her older sister.
ˈmodelling , (American) ˈmodeling noun
References in classic literature ?
I found that I remembered the conformation of the land as one remembers the modelling of human faces.
The rather irregular lines of his face, the curve of his lips, a prominent chin, the fine modelling of his forehead, his melancholy countenance, caused by a sense of his poverty warring with the powers that he felt within him, were all indications of repressed and imprisoned talent.
The father to whom we owe our best heritage--the mechanical instinct, the keen sensibility to harmony, the unconscious skill of the modelling hand--galls us and puts us to shame by his daily errors; the long- lost mother, whose face we begin to see in the glass as our own wrinkles come, once fretted our young souls with her anxious humours and irrational persistence.
Herkimer did know him; but it demanded all the intimate and practical acquaintance with the human face, acquired by modelling actual likenesses in clay, to recognize the features of Roderick Elliston in the visage that now met the sculptor's gaze.
She dropped her charming adolescent head, so firm in modelling, so gentle in expression.