- The definition of a scheme is a plot or a plan to achieve some action.
An example of a scheme is a plot to defraud your boss.
- To scheme is to plot or plan to do something.
An example of scheme is when you and your friend meet to talk about how you are going to get away with skipping school.
- a carefully arranged and systematic program of action for attaining some object or end
- a secret or underhanded plan; plot
- a visionary plan or project
- an orderly combination of things on a definite plan; system: a color scheme
- an outline or diagram showing different parts or elements of an object or system
- an analysis or summary in outline or tabular form
- an astrological diagram
Origin of schemeClassical Latin schema ; from Classical Greek schēma (gen. schēmatos), a form, appearance, plan, akin to schein, echein, to hold, have ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seĝh-, to hold, hold fast, conquer from source school, Sanskrit sáhas, power, victory, Gothic sigis, German sieg, victory
transitive verbschemed, scheming
- to make a scheme for; plan as a scheme; devise
- to plan in a deceitful way; plot
- to make schemes; form plans
- to plot; intrigue
- A systematic plan of action: “Did you ever carry out your scheme of writing a series of sonnets embodying all the great epochs of art?” (Edith Wharton). See Synonyms at plan.
- A secret or devious plan; a plot: a scheme to defraud investors.
- An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts: an irrigation scheme with dams, reservoirs, and channels.
- A chart, diagram, or outline of a system or object.
verbschemed schemed, schem·ing, schemes
Origin of schemeLatin schēma, figure, from Greek skhēma; see segh- in Indo-European roots.
- A systematic plan of future action.
- A plot or secret, devious plan.
- An orderly combination of related parts.
- A chart or diagram of a system or object.
- (mathematics) A type of topological space.
- (UK, chiefly Scotland) A council housing estate.
- (rhetoric) An artful deviation from the ordinary arrangement of words.
- (astrology) A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment or at a given event.
In the US, generally has devious connotations, while in the UK, frequently used as a neutral term for projects: “The road is closed due to a pavement-widening scheme.”
(third-person singular simple present schemes, present participle scheming, simple past and past participle schemed)
- (intransitive) To plot, or contrive a plan.
From Medieval Latin schēma (“figure, form”), from Ancient Greek σχῆμα (skhēma).