mod·el /ˈmɑdḷ/ 名詞
Mod·el a. Suitable to be taken as a model or pattern; as, a model house; a model husband.
1. A miniature representation of a thing, with the several parts in due proportion; sometimes, a facsimile of the same size; as, a
In charts, in maps, and eke in models made. --Gascoigne.
I had my father's signet in my purse,
Which was the model of that Danish seal. --Shak.
You have the models of several ancient temples, though the temples and the gods are perished. --Addison.
2. Something intended to serve, or that may serve, as a pattern of something to be made; a material representation or embodiment of an ideal; sometimes, a drawing; a plan; as, the clay model of a sculpture; the inventor's model of a machine.
[The application for a patent] must be accompanied by a full description of the invention, with drawings and a model where the case admits of it. --Am. Cyc.
When we mean to build
We first survey the plot, then draw the model. --Shak.
3. Anything which serves, or may serve, as an example for imitation; as, a government formed on the model of the American constitution; a model of eloquence, virtue, or behavior.
4. That by which a thing is to be measured; standard.
He that despairs measures Providence by his own little, contracted model. --South.
5. Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.
Thou seest thy wretched brother die,
Who was the model of thy father's life. --Shak.
6. A person who poses as a pattern for an artist; as, the artist used his daughter as a model for an Indian maiden.
A professional model. --H. James.
Working model, a model of a machine which can do on a small scale the work which the machine itself does, or is expected to do.
Mod·el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Modeled or Modelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Modeling or Modelling.] To plan or form after a pattern; to form in model; to form a model or pattern for; to shape; to mold; to fashion; as, to model a house or a government; to model an edifice according to the plan delineated.
Mod·el, v. i. Fine Arts To make a copy or a pattern; to design or imitate forms; as, to model in wax.
adj : worthy of imitation; "exemplary behavior"; "model citizens"
[syn: exemplary, model(a)]
n 1: a simplified description of a complex entity or process;
"the computer program was based on a model of the
circulatory and respiratory systems" [syn: theoretical
2: a type of product; "his car was an old model"
3: a person who poses for a photographer or painter or
sculptor; "the president didn't have time to be a model so
the artist worked from photos" [syn: poser]
4: representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
5: something to be imitated; "an exemplar of success"; "a model
of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major
general" [syn: exemplar, example, good example]
6: someone worthy of imitation; "every child needs a role
model" [syn: role model]
7: a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his
example" [syn: example]
8: a woman who wears clothes to display fashions; "she was too
fat to be a mannequin" [syn: mannequin, manikin, mannikin,
manakin, fashion model]
9: the act of representing something (usually on a smaller
scale) [syn: modelling, modeling]
v 1: plan or create according to a model or models [syn: pattern]
2: form in clay, wax, etc; "model a head with clay" [syn: mold,
3: assume a posture as for artistic purposes; "We don't know
the woman who posed for Leonardo so often" [syn: pose, sit,
4: display (clothes) as a mannequin; "model the latest fashion"
5: create a representation or model of; "The pilots are trained
in conditions simulating high-altitude flights" [syn: simulate]
6: construct a model of; "model an airplane" [syn: mock up]
[also: modelling, modelled]