schema

noun
sche·​ma | \ ˈskē-mə How to pronounce schema (audio) \
plural schemata\ ˈskē-​mə-​tə How to pronounce schema (audio) \ also schemas

Definition of schema

1 : a diagrammatic presentation broadly : a structured framework or plan : outline
2 : a mental codification of experience that includes a particular organized way of perceiving cognitively and responding to a complex situation or set of stimuli

Examples of schema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Visually, kawaii is tied to what researchers call baby schema—a large head, round face, and big eyes—but kawaii involves the other senses too. Kristin Wong, Wired, "The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us," 25 Dec. 2020 And where does that leave the rest of us non-Black people of color, rendered invisible in this schema? Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "The Wages of Whiteness," 8 Sep. 2020 The events most strongly recalled by people in each country, the researchers say, reflect that nation’s narrative framework, or schema, for remembering the past. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "The 1918 Flu Faded in Our Collective Memory: We Might ‘Forget’ the Coronavirus, Too," 13 Aug. 2020 In neuroscience, the usual schema for considering behavior has it that the brain receives inputs, combines them with stored information, then decides what to do next. Quanta Magazine, "Random Search Wired Into Animals May Help Them Hunt," 11 June 2020 In this schema, Trump is still an attempting autocrat. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Red Line," 4 June 2020 The moment for concluding happens when someone seizes time, and this act is the most subjective moment in the process of unfolding time thus far in Lacan’s schema. Jamieson Webster, The New York Review of Books, "End Notes: What Palliative Care Looks Like in a Pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020 The schema at the museum involves taking visitors through a series of galleries designed to transport them into another time. Claudia Dreifus, New York Times, "Following the Civil Rights Trail," 11 Mar. 2020 In this schema, the teams are: Bolsonaro on one side and Congress and the Supreme Court on the other. Vincent Bevins, The New York Review of Books, "In Brazil, Bolsonaro Gambles on a Coronavirus Culture War," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of schema

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schema

Greek schēmat-, schēma

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The first known use of schema was circa 1890

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9 Jan 2021

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“Schema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schema. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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schema

noun
sche·​ma | \ ˈskē-mə How to pronounce schema (audio) \
plural schemata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce schema (audio) \ also schemas

Medical Definition of schema

1 : a nonconscious adjustment of the brain to the afferent impulses indicative of bodily posture that is a prerequisite of appropriate bodily movement and of spatial perception
2 : the organization of experience in the mind or brain that includes a particular organized way of perceiving cognitively and responding to a complex situation or set of stimuli

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