Etymology
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modeling (n.)

also modelling, 1650s, "action of bringing into desired condition," verbal noun from model (v.). Meaning "action of making models" (in clay, wax, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning "work of a fashion model" is from 1941. Modeling-clay is by 1886; modeling agency is by 1943.

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Definitions of modeling

modeling (n.)
sculpture produced by molding;
Synonyms: mold / mould / molding / moulding / clay sculpture
modeling (n.)
a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied;
Synonyms: modelling / molding / moulding
modeling (n.)
the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale);
Synonyms: model / modelling
From wordnet.princeton.edu