I. mod ‧ el 1 S2 W1 /ˈmɒdl $ ˈmɑːdl/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: modèle , from Old Italian modello , from Latin modulus ; ⇨ ↑ module ]
1 . SMALL COPY a small copy of a building, vehicle, machine etc, especially one that can be put together from separate parts
They showed us a model of the building.
a working model (=one with parts which move) of a steam engine
2 . FASHION someone whose job is to show clothes, hair styles etc by wearing them at fashion shows or for photographs:
a top fashion model
a male model
3 . TYPE OF CAR ETC a particular type or design of a vehicle or machine:
Renault are introducing three new models at the show.
Our dishwasher is the latest model (=newest design) .
the 2.8 litre V6 model
4 . DESCRIPTION a computer representation or scientific description of something
Scientists are building computer models of the ocean currents.
5 . SOMEBODY/SOMETHING TO COPY someone or something which people want to copy because they are successful or have good qualities
It served as a model for other cities.
He used English medieval architecture as his model.
role model (=someone that you try to copy because they have qualities you would like to have)
Good teachers can act as positive role models.
6 . model of efficiency/virtue etc someone or something that has a lot of a good quality:
She was a model of honesty and decency.
7 . ART someone who is employed by an artist or photographer to be painted or photographed
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■ a type of product
▪ brand the name of a type of product made by a company, especially one that you use every day such as food or cleaning products:
a survey to find out which brand of toothpaste people prefer
advertising for a well-known brand of cigarettes
▪ make a type of product made by a particular company – used especially about things such as machines, equipment, or cars:
'What make of car do you drive?' 'A Ford.'
▪ model one particular type or design of a vehicle, machine etc:
The new models are much faster.
II. model 2 BrE AmE adjective
1 . model aircraft/train/car etc a small copy of an aircraft, train etc, especially one that a child can play with or put together from separate parts:
He is playing with his model railway.
She builds model aeroplanes in her spare time.
2 . model wife/employee/student etc a wife, ↑ employee (=worker) etc who is considered to be good because they do everything they should SYN exemplary :
His lawyers tried to show him as a model husband and father.
3 . model prison/farm/school etc a prison etc that has been specially designed or organized to be as good as possible
III. model 3 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle modelled , present participle modelling British English , modeled , modeling American English )
1 . [intransitive and transitive] to wear clothes at a fashion show or in magazine photographs in order to show them to people:
She’s modeling Donna Karan’s fall collection.
Claire modelled for a few years when she was in her twenties.
2 . model yourself on somebody British English , model yourself after somebody American English to try to be like someone else because you admire them:
Jim had always modelled himself on his great hero, Martin Luther King.
3 . be modelled on something to be designed in a way that copies another system or way of doing something:
Their education system is modelled on the French one.
4 . [transitive] to do a computer representation or scientific description of a situation or event:
They used a computer to model the possible effects of global warming.
5 . [transitive] to make something by shaping clay, wood etc
—modeller noun [countable]