sche·​mat·​ic | \ski-ˈma-tik \

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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Other Words from schematic


schematically \ ski-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of schematic in a Sentence


a schematic diagram of their business model

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Laura herself is a collection of overly schematic quirks. Gary Thompson,, "'Boundaries' reduces Farmiga to Plummer's helper.," 4 July 2018 But the play's schematic nature results in mostly unearned sentiment. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "An Iowa housewife and her mismatched Roommate learn to live together and like it," 3 July 2018 The meditation podcast heard throughout and the film's drowning motif can feel a bit schematic but ultimately have their place. Gary Goldstein,, "Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco star in Netflix's brief but harrowing '6 Balloons'," 5 Apr. 2018 The far wall is a big monitor that looks like a giant schematic, with lights showing where the trains are. James Barron, New York Times, "Don’t Hate Her. She’s Just the (Subway) Messenger.," 1 July 2018 How DeepMind’s generative query network works Here's a simple schematic from DeepMind that helps provide an intuition about how the GQN is put together: Under the hood, the GQN is really two different deep neural networks connected together. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI," 29 June 2018 In a palette of breezy pastels and tertiary hues, Eamon Ore-Giron painted hard-edge, geometric shapes that seem to fuse landscape elements represented as natural, industrial and schematic. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In-the-know fans are aware of the Cradle’s codename (CR4-DL) and have seen schematics of the system, which made a quiet appearance in a trailer all the way back in March. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld’s digital marketing is giving fans sneak peeks at the show’s biggest secrets," 24 May 2018 Again, that’s a tough task when the school itself is putting out pretty schematics for a future campus on that site. Michael Smolens,, "What SoccerCity's lawsuit really says: SDSU is one heck of a brand," 27 Apr. 2018 The team identified the light cruiser by the number 50 on its side and by comparing the wreck to the USS Helena’s schematics. Washington Post, "Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck," 18 Apr. 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

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


sche·​mat·​ic | \ski-ˈmat-ik \

Medical Definition of schematic 

: of or relating to a scheme or schema

Other Words from schematic

schematically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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