Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or art of sculpturing or forming in a pliable material, such as clay or wax.
  • n. Representation of depth and solidity in painting, drawing, or photography.
  • n. Visual shape and texture of something regarded aesthetically, especially the human face or form.
  • n. The act or profession of being a model.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of model.
  • n. The art of sculpting models from clay etc. to create a representation of something.
  • n. The representation of depth in a two-dimensional image.
  • n. The profession of someone who models clothes.
  • n. The construction and use of a computer model of a physical system.
  • n. The learning of a new skill by copying other people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of making a model from which a work of art is to be executed; the formation of a work of art from some plastic material. Also, in painting, drawing, etc., the expression or indication of solid form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or occupation of forming models, or of bringing objects or figures to a desired form; specifically, in the fine arts, the act of a sculptor in shaping his model for any piece of carving, or the art of shaping models; also, the bringing of surfaces of the carving itself into proper relief and modulated relation; in painting, etc., the rendering of the appearance of relief and of natural solidity and curvature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)
  • n. a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
  • n. sculpture produced by molding

Etymologies

From model +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)

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