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 schematic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of schematic in a Sentence

Adjective a schematic diagram of their business model
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Oregon’s quarterback rotation went from a schematic novelty in the Pac-12 championship game to an utter calamity during the Fiesta Bowl. oregonlive, "Oregon’s QB carousel spins out of control in Fiesta Bowl loss to Iowa State, creates uncertainty for Ducks entering 2021," 2 Jan. 2021 Serious issues plague their personnel, technique and schematic understanding. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 5 roundtable: What are biggest disappointments of 2020 season so far?," 11 Oct. 2020 Some shrewd schematic tweaks also have paid dividends. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: Do your eyes trust what they see? Translating the Chicago Bears’ most convincing win all season is complicated.," 13 Dec. 2020 While the Cavs will also look for schematic advantages, playing hard is step one. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "J.B. Bickerstaff, in first full season as Cavaliers head coach, trying to create own version of Grit and Grind," 8 Dec. 2020 That was important, Reed said, after the Spartans did not have spring practice and were forced to install schematic changes and create culture shifts remotely over the summer. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mel Tucker to Michigan State football players: Give effort or get out," 18 Nov. 2020 His schematic decisions had centered around their development, too, from shifting his offensive language to match theirs to ensuring Prescott could maximize continuity with Moore as play caller. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy defends decision on failed fourth-down attempt," 14 Sep. 2020 The Bears coach said the performances of Trubisky and Nick Foles would be taken into account, that the Bears would weigh their schematic priorities in the decision, and that health, of course, would be another major factor. Dan Wiederer,, "Mitch Trubisky is expected to start for the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers. Here are 5 questions around the QB’s return.," 26 Nov. 2020 The defense has vowed to improve, and the offense, according to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, could feature some new schematic elements going forward. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans: Live updates for Week 10," 15 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Conspiracists Say This 5G Chip Is in the COVID Vaccine. It’s Just a Guitar Pedal.," 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, "Hospitals Need to Fix Ventilators. Why Won't Manufacturers Let Them?," 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, "Reopening Has Begun. No One Is Sure What Happens Next.," 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, "A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America," 25 Mar. 2020 The schematics that where a new building would stretch from east to west would require the market to relocate. oregonlive, "This is what a new Wilson High School could look like," 19 Jan. 2020 In the sequence, tiny black human figures pepper the landscape like so many ants, set against images of laundry, fences, recipes, equations, technical schematics, and the like. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The 2010s were a veritable golden age of opening credits in television," 30 Dec. 2019 In the meantime, some have taken to creative hacks, like open-sourcing schematics for the design of ventilator parts for 3D printing. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Ventilator Makers Race to Prevent a Possible Shortage," 18 Mar. 2020 But a forensic investigation by Google revealed that Levandowski had taken thousands of confidential technical documents with him on his way out the door—including schematics for Google's cutting-edge lidar technology. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Engineer at the center of Waymo/Uber legal battle declares bankruptcy," 5 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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10 Jan 2021

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“Schematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 schematic (audio) \ adverb

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