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

Definition of schematic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a scheme or schema



Definition of schematic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a schematic drawing or diagram

Other Words from schematic


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

Examples of schematic in a Sentence

Adjective a schematic diagram of their business model
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There's one thing Kirby Smart learned coaching under Saban that was more important than any schematic advantage: The most brilliant coach on the planet can't win a national title with good players. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2022 The result included a complete full schematic design in 12 weeks. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 This time, in his second fiction feature, Benaim brings some of his documentarian sensibility to bear on a story that might otherwise feel a little schematic. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 The new three-level structure will include close to 126,000 square feet, according to the schematic design plans. Kristen Griffith,, 1 Dec. 2021 The publication married diverse interests with a funky, D.I.Y. aesthetic: sheet music here, a bomb shelter schematic there. New York Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Children especially use color to express themselves during the pre-schematic stage of development, roughly between 4-7 years of age. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Ferreira has also benefited from a schematic shift by the Tanners, who have incorporated more double-tight and double-wing formations into their spread offense., 3 Oct. 2021 The Cowboys are hopeful their early-season schematic diversity keeps the Eagles on their toes. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reconnecting the wire didn’t solve the problem, however, because the schematic for the box was wrong. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Oct. 2021 By minute two of the slide-laden presentation, Tesla AI director Andrej Karpathy was deep into the sort of talk usually confined to university classrooms and corporate conference rooms, and had displayed a schematic of a neural net on screen. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 20 Aug. 2021 Some grocery chains with pharmacies inside their facilities are also addressing the need for mental health services and are considering their place in the schematic. Dorothy Dworkin,, 11 June 2021 Such firearms don’t have serial numbers, and buying the schematic for the assembly of ghost guns doesn’t require a background check. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, 30 Apr. 2021 Sadly, the schematic in question isn’t that of a sinister microchip, but rather, something arguably even more evil: a totally bitchin’ Boss Metal Zone MT-2 guitar pedal, meant for shredders summoning the sounds of the devil from their six-strings. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2021 Luckily, last month, the electronics repair firm iFixit started working to fill in the gaps by creating its own repository for ventilator schematics and repair manuals. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 16 Apr. 2020 But those proposals are mostly rough schematics, leaving unanswered crucial questions about how the process will play out at the ground level. Ben Casselman, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2020 Sewers designed their homemade masks based on patterns and schematics shared online by health workers and others. David Enrich, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of schematic was in 1701

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22 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of schematic

: 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

Other Words from schematic

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

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