the act, art, or profession of a person who models.
the process of producing sculptured form with some plastic material, as clay.
the technique of rendering the illusion of volume on a two-dimensional surface by shading.
the treatment of volume, as the turning of a form, in sculpture.
the representation, often mathematical, of a process, concept, or operation of a system, often implemented by a computer program.
Also called imitation. Psychology. therapy in which a particular behavior is elicited by the observation of similar behavior in others.
Also, especially British, modelling.

1575–85; model + -ing1 Unabridged


a standard or example for imitation or comparison.
a representation, generally in miniature, to show the construction or appearance of something.
an image in clay, wax, or the like, to be reproduced in more durable material.
a person or thing that serves as a subject for an artist, sculptor, writer, etc.
a person whose profession is posing for artists or photographers.
a person employed to wear clothing or pose with a product for purposes of display and advertising.
a style or design of a particular product: His car is last year's model.
a pattern or mode of structure or formation.
a typical form or style.
a simplified representation of a system or phenomenon, as in the sciences or economics, with any hypotheses required to describe the system or explain the phenomenon, often mathematically.
Zoology. an animal that is mimicked in form or color by another.
serving as an example or model: a model home open to prospective buyers.
worthy to serve as a model; exemplary: a model student.
being a small or miniature version of something: He enjoyed building model ships.
verb (used with object), modeled, modeling or (especially British) modelled, modelling.
to form or plan according to a model.
to give shape or form to; fashion.
to make a miniature model of.
to fashion in clay, wax, or the like.
to simulate (a process, concept, or the operation of a system), commonly with the aid of a computer.
to display to other persons or to prospective customers, especially by wearing: to model dresses.
to use or include as an element in a larger construct: to model new data into the forecast.
verb (used without object), modeled, modeling or (especially British) modelled, modelling.
to make models.
to produce designs in some plastic material.
to assume a typical or natural appearance, as the parts of a drawing in progress.
to serve or be employed as a model.

1565–75; earlier modell < Middle French modelle < Italian modello < Vulgar Latin *modellus, equivalent to Latin mod(ulus) (see module) + -ellus -elle

modeler; especially British, modeller, noun
premodel, verb (used without object), premodeled, premodeling or (especially British) premodelled, premodelling.
unmodeled, adjective
unmodelled, adjective

1. paragon; prototype, archetype, mold, original. See ideal. 16. design. Unabridged
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model (ˈmɒdəl)
1.  a.  a representation, usually on a smaller scale, of a device, structure, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a model train
2.  a.  a standard to be imitated: she was my model for good scholarship
 b.  (as modifier): a model wife
3.  a representative form, style, or pattern
4.  a person who poses for a sculptor, painter, or photographer
5.  a person who wears clothes to display them to prospective buyers; mannequin
6.  a preparatory sculpture in clay, wax, etc, from which the finished work is copied
7.  a design or style, esp one of a series of designs of a particular product: last year's model
8.  (Brit)
 a.  an original unique article of clothing
 b.  (as modifier): a model coat
9.  a simplified representation or description of a system or complex entity, esp one designed to facilitate calculations and predictions
10.  logic
 a.  an interpretation of a formal system under which the theorems derivable in that system are mapped onto truths
 b.  a theory in which a given sentence is true
vb , -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
11.  to make a model of (something or someone)
12.  to form in clay, wax, etc; mould
13.  to display (clothing and accessories) as a mannequin
14.  to plan or create according to a model or models
15.  to arrange studio lighting so that highlights and shadows emphasize the desired features of a human form or an inanimate object
[C16: from Old French modelle, from Italian modello, from Latin modulus, diminutive of modusmode]

modelling or (US) modeling (ˈmɒdəlɪŋ)
1.  the act or an instance of making a model
2.  the practice or occupation of a person who models clothes
3.  a technique in psychotherapy in which the therapist encourages the patient to model his behaviour on his own
modeling or (US) modeling

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "architect's set of designs," from M.Fr. modelle (Fr. modèle), from It. modello "a model, mold," from V.L. *modellus, dim. of L. modulus "measure, standard," dim. of modus "manner, measure" (see mode (1)). Sense of "thing or person to be imitated" is 1630s. Meaning
"motor vehicle of a particular design" is from 1900 (e.g. Model T, 1909). Sense of "artist's model" is first recorded 1691; that of "fashion model" is from 1904. The verb is 1665 in the sense of "fashion in clay or wax;" 1915 in the sense "to act as a model, to display (clothes)." Related: Modeled; modeling; modelled; modelling. The adj. is 1844, from the noun.
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Medical Dictionary

modeling mod·el·ing (mŏd'l-ĭng)

  1. The acquisition of a new skill by observing and imitating that behavior being performed by another individual.

  2. In behavior modification, a treatment procedure in which the therapist models the target behavior which the learner is to imitate.

  3. A continuous process by which a bone is altered in size and shape during its growth by resorption and formation of bone at different sites and rates.

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Science Dictionary
model  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (mŏd'l)  Pronunciation Key 
A systematic description of an object or phenomenon that shares important characteristics with the object or phenomenon. Scientific models can be material, visual, mathematical, or computational and are often used in the construction of scientific theories. See also hypothesis, theory.

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Computing Dictionary

modeling definition

US spelling of "modelling".

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Example sentences
At one point in the book, you admit to almost being sucked into modeling and
  abandoning your graduate studies.
Candidates may use field, and/or experimental studies, and/or modeling.
At any rate, the modeling strongly suggests that a tax would be much more
  efficient than the present arrangements.
Modeling the use of maps in and out of school can help students to recognize
  the value of maps and gain confidence with them.
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