1. The act of being a model: When parents eat healthy food themselves, this modeling influences their children's dietary habits.
2. The act or art of sculpting or forming in a pliable material, such as clay or wax.
a. Representation of depth and solidity in painting, drawing, or photography.
b. Visual shape and texture of something regarded aesthetically, especially the human face or form.
4. The act of simulating a complex system by means of a model, especially a mathematical model.
5. The profession of being a model.
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