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

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

Examples of schematic in a Sentence

Adjective a schematic diagram of their business model
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Other players in pop music have, in disparate but related ways, moved to sideline persona as a helpful schematic: Fans are forbidden to separate the art and the artist. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Plot Against Persona," 15 Sep. 2019 Burkhead would not fill Gronk’s exact role, of course, but with the future Hall of Famer’s retirement leaving the Patriots thin at tight end, the schematic flexibility that Gronk provided must now come from another position. Andy Benoit,, "Steelers’ Weaknesses on Both Sides of the Ball Exposed in Loss to Patriots," 11 Sep. 2019 Ingram said, of the Ravens’ full playbook, of their schematic intentions. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Offensive ‘revolution’: Ravens aim to turn convention on its head with scheme unlike anything in the NFL," 6 Sep. 2019 The Ravens will enter their preseason finale Thursday night against the Washington Redskins with 53-man-roster spots to settle, schematic ideas to wrinkle out, and the NFL’s most interesting and least significant dynasty to maintain. Jonas Shaffer,, "Inside the Ravens’ extremely impressive, mostly insignificant 16-game preseason winning streak," 26 Aug. 2019 But because Jacksonville lacks dynamic receiving backs and tight ends, the schematic wrinkles only help so much. Andy Benoit,, "Jaguars Defense Improves, But Foles Fails to Elevate the Offense," 29 July 2019 For one thing, says Cabello, the three experiments offer only schematic versions of what a real environment consists of. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real," 28 July 2019 The law that approved last year allows fire safety records, including emergency evacuation plans, threat assessments and schematic diagrams to fall under that category of exemption. Gabrielle Russon,, "Universal Orlando, OUC shield records after electrical shocking of Volcano Bay visitors, staff in June," 5 June 2019 Nothing slows progress like a schematic counterrevolution. Conor Orr,, "OK, OK, But How Much Would Tom Brady Get From a New Team in Free Agency?," 6 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of the files that Levandowski took from Google included private schematics for proprietary circuit boards and designs for light sensor technology, known as Lidar, which are used in self-driving cars, according to the complaint. Mike Isaac,, "A top Silicon Valley expert on self-driving cars is accused of stealing Google trade secrets," 27 Aug. 2019 Some have offered their own plans and even schematics detailing how the group will take on the base. al, "Half a million people signed up to storm Area 51. What happens if they actually show up?," 13 July 2019 Thanks to the open nature of Raspberry Pi (even the schematics are online!), Ward was able to discover that Raspberry Pi just didn't design its USB-C port correctly. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Raspberry Pi admits to faulty USB-C design on the Pi 4," 9 July 2019 In the weeks before his departure, Levandowski downloaded about fourteen thousand files, including some Google hardware schematics. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "How the Anthony Levandowski Indictment Helps Big Tech Stifle Innovation in Silicon Valley," 28 Aug. 2019 While the plan released Wednesday included land estimates and schematics, the city said in a news release that specific figures are subject to change. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Greenwood officials have unveiled plans to redevelop 15 acres in Old Town. Here's what to expect.," 15 Aug. 2019 City officials have tried to retrofit Denver to accommodate cyclists, sometimes with comedic consequences — witness the bike/car lane schematics in Washington Park, which look like a flow chart generated by a demented programmer. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Make room for cycling, make cycling more visible; Zero-emission vehicles good for some, not others; Who was disparaged, Baltimore or president? (8/4/19)," 5 Aug. 2019 In 2013, when Zumthor released the initial schematics for the new LACMA building, the design featured a dramatic cantilevered wing that hung over the La Brea tar pits. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Where’s the urban plan for L.A.’s biggest museum makeover in a decade?," 12 July 2019 Both college coaches who studied the NFL and NFL coaches who work in it, say that defenses were, in fact, starting to catch up with all the offensive schematics towards the end of the year. Albert Breer,, "TCU’s Gary Patterson Has Something to Teach NFL Coaches About Defense," 25 July 2019

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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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11 Oct 2019

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“Schematic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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