Definition of model noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdl//
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    small copy
  1. 1  a copy of something, 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.
  2. design
  3. 2  a particular design or type of product The latest models will be on display at the motor show.
  4. description of system
  5. 3a simple description of a system, used for explaining how something works or calculating what might happen, etc. a mathematical model for determining the safe level of pesticides in food CollocationsScientific researchTheory formulate/​advance a theory/​hypothesis build/​construct/​create/​develop a simple/​theoretical/​mathematical model develop/​establish/​provide/​use a theoretical/​conceptual framework advance/​argue/​develop the thesis that… explore an idea/​a concept/​a hypothesis make a prediction/​an inference base a prediction/​your calculations on something investigate/​evaluate/​accept/​challenge/​reject a theory/​hypothesis/​modelExperiment design an experiment/​a questionnaire/​a study/​a test do research/​an experiment/​an analysis make observations/​measurements/​calculations carry out/​conduct/​perform an experiment/​a test/​a longitudinal study/​observations/​clinical trials run an experiment/​a simulation/​clinical trials repeat an experiment/​a test/​an analysis replicate a study/​the results/​the findings observe/​study/​examine/​investigate/​assess a pattern/​a process/​a behaviour/(especially US English) a behavior fund/​support the research/​project/​study seek/​provide/​get/​secure funding for researchResults collect/​gather/​extract data/​information yield data/​evidence/​similar findings/​the same results analyse/​examine the data/​soil samples/​a specimen consider/​compare/​interpret the results/​findings fit the data/​model confirm/​support/​verify a prediction/​a hypothesis/​the results/​the findings prove a conjecture/​hypothesis/​theorem draw/​make/​reach the same conclusions read/​review the records/​literature describe/​report an experiment/​a study present/​publish/​summarize the results/​findings present/​publish/​read/​review/​cite a paper in a scientific journal
  6. example to copy
  7. 4  something such as a system that can be copied by other people The nation's constitution provided a model that other countries followed.
  8. 5(approving) a person or thing that is considered an excellent example of something 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
  9. fashion
  10. 6  a person whose job is to wear and show new styles of clothes and be photographed wearing them a fashion model a male model See related entries: The fashion world, Professions
  11. for artist
  12. 7  a person who is employed to be painted, drawn, photographed, etc. by an artist or photographer
  13. Word Originlate 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.Extra examples Later that year, IBM released a similar model at a lower price. She developed a computer model to help farmers with pest control. She made a fantastic clay model of her dog. She was a model of restraint. Successful schools must be used as models for the rest. The book fits the classic model of a postmodern narrative. The model sits for me for three hours every day. The tape provides a model for students to copy. They do several other models of washing machine. They offer an alternative model of married life. They’re recalling their new model for modifications to the engine. We follow a simple accounting model. the standard economic model of supply and demand He’s a model student. Her essay was a model of clarity. I used to build model aeroplanes. The architect had produced a scale model of the proposed shopping complex The nation’s constitution provided a model that other countries followed. They have a working model of a water mill. a mathematical model for determining the safe level of pesticides in food a model farm
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