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 Unfortunately, the pandemic has underscored how sensitive that schema is. Gary Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 7 Jan. 2022 This blueprint, called a schema, keeps data entry reliable, search efficient, and the system parsimonious. Rida Qadri, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 Updating the gender schema for the database was an easy fix. Rida Qadri, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 Moreover, data, schema and model drift can wreak havoc on your machine learning initiatives. Rohit Choudhary, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The schema of gender, racial, and social privilege underlying these distinctions is not exactly subtle. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Like the previous 4000-series, the 5000-series adopts a 3/5/7 schema. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 26 July 2021 The schema might well privilege property, including property in slaves, and might also exalt native white men over all others, but did not in any other way confer political authority based on hereditary birth status. Akhil Reed Amar, Time, 7 May 2021 Collectively lobbying for public recognition with a scoring schema that rewards transparency is an option worth considering. Shiran Weitzman, Forbes, 2 June 2021

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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 2022

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“Schema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schema. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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