noun \ˈskēm\

: a clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something

: an official plan or program of action

: the way that something is arranged or organized

Full Definition of SCHEME

a archaic (1) :  a mathematical or astronomical diagram (2) :  a representation of the astrological aspects of the planets at a particular time
b :  a graphic sketch or outline
:  a concise statement or table :  epitome
:  a plan or program of action; especially :  a crafty or secret one
:  a systematic or organized configuration :  design <color scheme>

Examples of SCHEME

  1. a scheme to cheat people out of their money
  2. The company has a new scheme for insurance coverage.
  3. a scheme to improve the economy
  4. the color scheme of a room

Origin of SCHEME

Latin schemat-, schema arrangement, figure, from Greek schēmat-, schēma, from echein to have, hold, be in (such) a condition; akin to Old English sige victory, Sanskrit sahate he prevails
First Known Use: circa 1595



: to make plans to do or get something in a secret and often dishonest way


Full Definition of SCHEME

transitive verb
:  to form a scheme for
intransitive verb
:  to form plans; also :  plot, intrigue
schem·er noun

Examples of SCHEME

  1. He felt that the other men were scheming against him.
  2. He was betrayed by a scheming friend.

First Known Use of SCHEME



noun \ˈskēm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SCHEME


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