Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fine Arts) 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.
  • noun a small plane for planing rounded objects.
  • noun beeswax melted with a little Venice turpentine, or other resinous material, and tinted with coloring matter, usually red, -- used in modeling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From model +‎ -ing.

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