sche·​mat·​ic | \ ski-ˈma-tik How to pronounce schematic (audio) \

Definition of schematic

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: of or relating to a scheme or schema



Definition of schematic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a schematic drawing or diagram

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schematically \ ski-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce schematically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of schematic in a Sentence


a schematic diagram of their business model

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

What's plaguing the Cavs right now isn't schematic or talent-related. Joe Vardon,, "Isaiah Thomas: Cavaliers' midseason lulls 'unacceptable'," 10 Jan. 2018 Commit your plan to paper as a schematic that includes all essential details. 4. Maria Frank, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Integrated lighting," 6 Apr. 2018 The other view shows a schematic view of the car's surroundings, taken from a perspective above and behind the car. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Sittenfeld would not confirm Tuesday if the city garage was shown on the schematic. Cameron Knight,, "Schematics show seat details, lay of the land for West End FC Cincinnati stadium," 24 Apr. 2018 Shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill Note: Drawing is schematic and not to scale. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Police Probe Motive in Southern California Bar Massacre," 8 Nov. 2018 Alec Nielsen typed a few lines of code on his laptop, and a circuit schematic appeared in another window. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 As directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien, Big Red Sun’s schematic and awkward book (by John Jiler, who also wrote the serviceable lyrics) is mostly an excuse for composer Georgia Stitt’s amiable ramble through 20th-century American musical styles. Julia M. Klein,, "'Big Red Sun': Search through history and music for truth about father, self," 5 June 2018 Note: Drawings are schematic Sources: Thai government; staff reports A global volunteer team of engineers, divers and military personnel have joined the rescue. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Thailand Cave Rescue: Worsening Air Quality Adds to Pressure for Swift Solution," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wilson sued the administration in hopes of republishing his schematics. German Lopez, Vox, "Cody Wilson, 3D-printed gun creator, is accused of sexually assaulting a minor," 19 Sep. 2018 At the June 20 school board meeting, Superintendent Nicolas Wade and James Jennings, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, presented schematics, costs and a timeline for the project. Pioneer Press,, "Big plans at Elm Middle School: Renovation project aims to make room for 6th-graders," 29 June 2018 The legislative and legal maneuvers aimed to prevent Defense Distributed, a Texas nonprofit, from posting the schematics for 3-D-printed guns on the Internet. Deanna Paul, The Seattle Times, "Judge blocks posting of blueprints for 3-D printed guns hours before they were to be published," 31 July 2018 Sparks was convicted of transferring one key secret to his new employer — the computer code and schematics for the underwater drone’s battery charging system. Matthew Ormseth,, "Former Employee Of Groton Defense Contractor Requests New Trial After Conviction For Stealing Navy Secrets," 12 July 2018 The Enquirer/Mike Nyerges FC Cincinnati stadium schematics were given to the Hamilton County Commissioners Monday as the team continues work awaiting news on its Major League Soccer bid. Cameron Knight,, "Schematics show seat details, lay of the land for West End FC Cincinnati stadium," 24 Apr. 2018 Specific entryway schematics were provided to maximize sight lines and minimize the ability of a shooter to get past without confrontation. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "The NRA's solution for school shootings: Making schools battle-ready," 23 Feb. 2018 The schematics lacked specifics about such critical details as the dimensions of the windows, a kitchen area and supporting pillars. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "The Quest to Recover a Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Building," 30 May 2018 Another presents the architectural schematics for a gay club called the Boiler in London designed by Studio Karhard. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Sanctity and sex in installations devoted to chapels and cruising at Venice Architecture Biennale," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of schematic


1701, in the meaning defined above


1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schematic


New Latin schematicus, from Greek schēmat-, schēma

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English Language Learners Definition of schematic

technical : showing the main parts of something usually in the form of a simple drawing or diagram


sche·​mat·​ic | \ ski-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce schematic (audio) \

Medical Definition of schematic

: of or relating to a scheme or schema

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schematically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce schematically (audio) \ adverb

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