Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


, (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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


modeling (Am) [ˈmɒdlɪŋ] n
a. (Fashion) → professione f d'indossatore/trice or modello/a
b. (Sculpture) → modellamento
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
On the PNN modelling of estrogen receptor binding data for carboxylic acid esters and organochlorine compounds.
Our approach--a mixture of modelling and measurements was tailored to the appearance attributes and materials under study with the aim of balancing physical accuracy and computational efficiency.
For a detailed description of the MPS model, see Flint Brayton and Eileen Mauskopf, "The Federal Reserve Board MPS quarterly econometric model of the US economy," Economic Modelling, vol.