Model vs Approach - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between model and approach

is that model is a person who serves as a subject for artwork or fashion, usually in the medium of photography but also for painting or drawing while approach is the act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.

As verbs the difference between model and approach

is that model is to display for others to see, especially in regard to wearing clothing while performing the role of a fashion model while approach is to come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.

As an adjective model

is worthy of being a model; exemplary.



(wikipedia model)

Alternative forms

* modell


(en noun)
  • A person who serves as a subject for artwork or fashion, usually in the medium of photography but also for painting or drawing.
  • A person, usually an attractive female, hired to show items or goods to the public, such as items given away as prizes on a TV game show.
  • A representation of a physical object, usually in miniature.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I had my father's signet in my purse, / Which was the model of that Danish seal.
  • * Addison
  • You have the models of several ancient temples, though the temples and the gods are perished.
  • A simplified representation used to explain the workings of a real world system or event.
  • A style, type, or design.
  • The structural design of a complex system.
  • A successful example to be copied, with or without modifications.
  • He was a model of eloquence and virtue.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=70, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Engineers of a different kind , passage=Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers.
  • (logic) An interpretation function which assigns a truth value to each atomic proposition.
  • (logic) An interpretation which makes a certain sentence true, in which case that interpretation is called a model of that sentence.
  • A particular style, design, or make of a particular product.
  • (manufacturing) An identifier of a product given by its manufacturer (also called model number).
  • Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Thou seest thy wretched brother die, / Who was the model of thy father's life.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * abstract model * animal model * arbitrage pricing model * business model * causal model * commercial model * computer model * conceptual model * data model * database model * Document Object Model * economy model * enterprise architecture model * entity-relationship model * fashion model * fetish model * fitness model * glamour model * information model * late model * mark to model * mathematical model * mental model * model aircraft * model checking * model organism * model solution * model theory * modelizer * modelly * multimodel * off-model * plamodel * production model * relational model * role model * runway model * scale model * scientific model * spokesmodel * supermodel * waterfall model * water-line model * view model


  • Worthy of being a model; exemplary.
  • * (rfdate), Blackwood's Magazine , volume 289, page 525:
  • At our approach the animals made so much noise that the owners of the hut peered round the door to see what was the matter; outwardly rather less model than the farm, there appeared two ancient Basques, emblematically black-bereted, gnarled [...]
  • * 1898 , John Thorburn, The St. Andrew's Society of Ottawa: 1846-1897 : sketch , page 40:
  • [...] from the land of your origin, because you demand the claims of those who believe it more model than yours, [...]
  • * 1932 , Nora Fugger, James Austin Galaston (translator), The Glory of the Habsburgs: the Memoirs of Princess Fugger , page 35:
  • Methods of game-preservation in their extensive and well-stocked hunting-grounds were as model as the huntsmanlike management of the hunts.
  • * 1934 , Charles Ryle Fay, Imperial economy and its place in the formation of economic doctrine, 1600-1932 , page 143:
  • [...] and we press with special severity on one small country whose agriculture is as model as is her way of rural life.
  • * 1956 , Stephen Rynne, All Ireland , page 54:
  • True, it is an untidy county; the farmhouses are much more model' than the farms (when we reach Antrim we shall find that the farms are more ' model than the farmhouses).
  • * 1968 , American County Government , volume 33, page 19:
  • But not all the exchanges were as model as the sergeant. Some of the exchangees showed a rigidity and reluctance to adapt.
  • * 1999 , Michael D. Williams, Acquisition for the 21st century: the F-22 Development Program , page 113:
  • It is as model as you can get.
  • * 2002 , Uma Anand Segal, A framework for immigration: Asians in the United States , page 308:
  • While Asians have been perceived as the model minority, it is increasingly clear that some Asian groups are more model than are others, and even within these model groups, a division exists [...]
  • * 2010 , Eleanor Coppola, Notes on a Life , page 140:
  • All were neat and well kept which added to the sense that they were more model than real.


    * (worthy of being a model) ideal


  • To display for others to see, especially in regard to wearing clothing while performing the role of a fashion model.
  • She modelled the shoes for her friends to see.
  • To use as an object in the creation of a forecast or model.
  • They modelled the data with a computer to analyze the experiment’s results.
  • To make a miniature model of.
  • He takes great pride in his skill at modeling airplanes.
  • To create from a substance such as clay.
  • The sculptor modelled the clay into the form of a dolphin.
  • To make a or models.
  • To be a model of any kind.
  • The actress used to model before being discovered by Hollywood.


    * modelise, US modelize




  • To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
  • * 1769 , Oxford Standard text, , xi, 20,
  • And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
  • * 1769 , Oxford Standard text, , x, 25,
  • Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching .
  • (figuratively) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
  • as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
  • * 1839 , , A Tour in Sweden in 1838 , page 371,
  • Without these incentives to industry the Norwegian would be like the Laplander, without industry and civilisation ; and the nearer he approaches' to the ''beau idéal'' of those political economists — to the state of being without a taste for these foreign and expensive luxuries — the nearer he ' approaches to the condition of the Laplander in the comforts and enjoyments of life.
  • * 1898 , , The Works , Volume 11, 2006, Elibron Classics Replica Edition, page 205,
  • In this respect, the only books which approach to its excellence are Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe.
  • To come near to in place, time, character or value; to draw nearer to.
  • He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer. -- .
    "Would counsel please approach the bench?" asked the judge.
    to approach the city
    He approached the age of manhood.
    Don't approach that house.
  • * 1831 , , Volume 1, The American Redstart,
  • When one approaches the nest of this species, the male exhibits the greatest anxiety respecting its safety, passes and repasses, fluttering and snapping its bill within a few feet, as if determined to repel the intruder.
  • * 1867 , , Chapter 53: And Last,
  • Removing with him and the old housekeeper to within a mile of the parsonage-house, where his dear friends resided, he gratified the only remaining wish of Oliver's warm and earnest heart, and thus linked together a little society, whose condition approached as nearly to one of perfect happiness as can ever be known in this changing world.
  • * 1898 , , Book 1, Chapter 1: The Eve of the War,
  • Its physical condition is still largely a mystery, but we know now that even in its equatorial region the midday temperature barely approaches that of our coldest winter.
  • * 1911 [1904], , Chapter III,
  • If a variable v takes on successively a series of values that approach' nearer and nearer to a constant value l in such a manner that , v - l, [To be read ''the numerical value of the difference between'' v ''and'' l] becomes and remains less than any assigned arbitrarily small positive quantity, then v is said to '''''approach the limit'' l, or to ''converge to the limit l. Symbolically this is written
  • *:: limit v = l, or, v \dot= l.
  • *::: Usage note: In discussing convergence in mathematical analysis, modern rigorous formulations avoid using the terms approach'' and ''converge . These terms may, however, serve as a form of handwave when rigour is not required.
  • To make an attempt at (solving a problem or making a policy).
  • * 1922 , , Chapter II,
  • And it was with decision that he approached the problem of his wrecked shop.
  • To speak to, as to make a request or ask a question.
  • * 1988 Dinesh Vaghela, Publisher's Note'', in , Dinesh Publications, [],
  • "Why bother publishing my conversations. It has not helped you, and it is not going to help anybody else", said U.G. when I approached him with the idea of publishing excerpts from his conversations with the constant stream of people who go to visit him.
  • (military) To take approaches to.
  • To bring near; to cause to draw near.
  • (Boyle)


  • The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
  • * 1811 , , Sermons , Volume 1, page 10,
  • The approach of summer, says our Lord, is not more surely indicated by the first appearances of spring, than the final destruction of the wicked by the beginnings of vengeance on this impenitent people.
  • * 1859 , , On the Classification and Geographical Distribution of the Mammalia , page 85,
  • The canine, judging from the figures published by M. Lartet1 seems to be less developed than in the male chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans[,] [i]n which character the fossil, if it belonged to a male, makes a nearer approach to the human type ; but it is one which many of the inferior monkeys also exhibit, and is by no means to be trusted as significant of true affinity, supposing even the sex of the fossil to be known as being male.
  • An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
  • * 1625 (date from Markby), , Of Ambition'', reprinted in 1856, Thomas Markby (editor), ''The Essays; or, Counsels Civil and Moral with A table of the Colours of Good and Evil , page 84,
  • Honor hath three things in it: the vantage ground to do good; the approach to kings and principal persons; and the raising of a man's own fortunes.
  • Movements to gain favor; advances.
  • A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
  • * 1900 , ,
  • It was, therefore, natural to expect that the main attack would come from the north along the railroad, and from the east, where the approach from the Transvaal boundary, which is there marked by the Buffalo River, is over a country much more practicable than the western mountain range.
  • A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
  • * 1787 , , Annotations to Article 1, Section 1,
  • The functional approach' emphasizes the core functions of each branch and asks whether the challenged action threatens the essential attributes of the legislative, executive, or judicial function or functions. Under this ' approach , there is considerable flexibility in the moving branch, usually Congress acting to make structural or institutional change, if there is little significant risk of impairment of a core function or in the case of such a risk if there is a compelling reason for the action.
  • * 1980 , , Final Decision, IV: Comments,
  • Our proposed definitional approach to the data processing-communications dilemma evoked considerable discussion.
  • * 1980 , , Opinion of the Court,
  • Its [the EPA's] initial approach to controlling the amount of lead in the ambient air was to limit lead emissions from automobiles by restricting the amount of lead in gasoline.
  • * 1991', Carol Lee Johnston, Jeanne Lazaris, ''Plane Trigonometry, A New '''Approach .
  • (used only in the plural, fortification) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
  • (golf, tennis) An approach shot.
  • The way an aircraft lands at an airport.
  • * 2007 , , Glider Flying Handbook , page 2-9,
  • Most small airplanes maintain a speed well in excess of 1.3 times VSO on an instrument approach'. An airplane with a stall speed of 50 knots (VSO) has a normal ' approach speed of 65 knots.
  • (bowling) The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball.
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