/ ˈmɒdl; NAmE ˈmɑːdl/ noun , verb
a copy of sth, usually smaller than the original object :
a working model (= one in which the parts move) of a fire engine
a model aeroplane
The architect had produced a scale model of the proposed shopping complex.
a particular design or type of product :
The latest models will be on display at the motor show.
DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM
a simple description of a system, used for explaining how sth works or calculating what might happen, etc. :
a mathematical model for determining the safe level of pesticides in food
EXAMPLE TO COPY
something such as a system that can be copied by other people :
The nation's constitution provided a model that other countries followed.
( approving ) a person or thing that is considered an excellent example of sth :
It was a model of clarity.
a model student
a model farm (= one that has been specially designed to work well)
—see also role model
a person whose job is to wear and show new styles of clothes and be photographed wearing them :
a fashion model
a male model
a person who is employed to be painted, drawn, photographed, etc. by an artist or photographer
( -ll- , NAmE -l- )
WORK AS MODEL
[ v ] to work as a model for an artist or in the fashion industry
[ vn ] to wear clothes in order to show them to people who might want to buy them :
The wedding gown is being modelled for us by the designer's daughter.
[ vn ] to create a copy of an activity, a situation, etc. so that you can study it before dealing with the real thing
SYN simulate :
The program can model a typical home page for you.
[ vn ] to shape clay , etc. in order to make sth :
a statue modelled in bronze
- model yourself on sb
- model sth on / after sth
late 16th cent. (denoting a set of plans of a building): from French modelle , from Italian modello , from an alteration of Latin modulus measure , diminutive of modus .