Definition of Scheme

1. Noun. An elaborate and systematic plan of action.

2. Verb. Form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner.
Exact synonyms: Connive, Intrigue
Generic synonyms: Plot
Derivative terms: Connivance, Intrigue

3. Noun. A statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery.
Exact synonyms: Dodge, Dodging
Generic synonyms: Falsehood, Falsity, Untruth
Derivative terms: Dodge

4. Verb. Devise a system or form a scheme for.
Generic synonyms: Plan
Derivative terms: Schemer

5. Noun. A group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole. "A vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"

6. Noun. An internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world.

7. Noun. A schematic or preliminary plan.
Exact synonyms: Outline, Schema
Generic synonyms: Plan, Program, Programme
Derivative terms: Outline, Schematic, Schematize, Schematic, Schematize

Definition of Scheme

1. n. A combination of things connected and adjusted by design; a system.

2. v. t. To make a scheme of; to plan; to design; to project; to plot.

3. v. i. To form a scheme or schemes.

Definition of Scheme

1. Proper noun. A programming language, one of the two major dialects of Lisp. ¹

2. Noun. A systematic plan of future action. ¹

3. Noun. A plot or secret, devious plan. ¹

4. Noun. An orderly combination of related parts. ¹

5. Noun. A chart or diagram of a system or object. ¹

6. Noun. (mathematics) A type of topological space. ¹

7. Noun. (UK chiefly Scotland) A council housing estate. ¹

8. Noun. (rhetoric) An artful deviation from the ordinary arrangement of words. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To plot, or contrive a plan. ¹

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Definition of Scheme

1. to plan or plot [v SCHEMED, SCHEMING, SCHEMES]

Medical Definition of Scheme

1. 1. A combination of things connected and adjusted by design; a system. "The appearance and outward scheme of things." (Locke) "Such a scheme of things as shall at once take in time and eternity." (Atterbury) "Arguments . . . Sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy." (J. Edwards) "The Revolution came and changed his whole scheme of life." (Macaulay) 2. A plan or theory something to be done; a design; a project; as, to form a scheme. "The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cuttig off our feet when we want shoes." (Swift) 3. Any lineal or mathematical diagram; an outline. "To draw an exact scheme of Constantinople, or a map of France." (South) 4. A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment o at a given event. "A blue case, from which was drawn a scheme of nativity." (Sir W. Scott) Synonym: Plan, project, contrivance, purpose, device, plot. Scheme, Plan. Scheme and plan are subordinate to design; they propose modes of carrying our designs into effect. Scheme is the least definite of the two, and lies more in speculation. A plan is drawn out into details with a view to being carried into effect. As schemes are speculative, they often prove visionary; hence the opprobrious use of the words schemer and scheming. Plans, being more practical, are more frequently carried into effect. "He forms the well-concerted scheme of mischief; 'T is fixed, 't is done, and both are doomed to death." (Rowe) "Artists and plans relieved my solemn hours; I founded palaces, and planted bowers." (prior) Origin: L. Schema a rhetorical figure, a shape, figure, manner, Gr, form, shape, outline, plan, fr, to have or hold, to hold out, sustain, check, stop; cf. Skr. Sah to be victorious, to endure, to hold out, AS. Sige victory, G. Sieg. Cf. Epoch, Hectic, School. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Scheme

scheme (current term)
scheme arch

Literary usage of Scheme

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"scheme II includes the suggestion that highly hindered cis olefins form ... scheme II), we reach a different conclusion from theirs in regard to trans ..."

2. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1882)
"LUSTRUM BECK DRAINAGE scheme. BY JAMES HALL, BOROUGH SURVEYOR, STOCKTON. • About four years ago complaints were made as to the state of a portion of a ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"It is a commonplace among modern historians that there was nothing in the actual scheme to cause alarm, that the measures proposed were at once just and ..."

4. Publications by English Dialect Society (1911)
"The " Proposal to supply the trade," etc., is also free from scurrility and the author is entitled to credit for the submission of a scheme which in his ..."

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