What does scheme mean?

Definitions for scheme

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word scheme.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scheme, strategynoun

    an elaborate and systematic plan of action

  2. dodge, dodging, schemenoun

    a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery

  3. system, schemenoun

    a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

    "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"

  4. schema, schemenoun

    an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world

  5. outline, schema, schemeverb

    a schematic or preliminary plan

  6. scheme, intrigue, conniveverb

    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

  7. schemeverb

    devise a system or form a scheme for


  1. schemenoun

    A systematic plan of future action.

  2. schemenoun

    A plot or secret, devious plan.

  3. schemenoun

    An orderly combination of related parts.

  4. schemenoun

    A chart or diagram of a system or object.

  5. schemenoun

    A type of topological space.

  6. schemenoun

    A council housing estate.

  7. schemenoun

    An artful deviation from the ordinary arrangement of words.

  8. schemeverb

    To plot, or contrive a plan.

  9. Schemenoun

    A programming language, one of the two major dialects of Lisp.

  10. Etymology: From schema.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SCHEMEnoun

    Etymology: σχῆμα.

    Were our senses made much quicker, the appearance and outward scheme of things would have quite another face to us, and be inconsistent with our well being. John Locke.

    We shall never be able to give ourselves a satisfactory account of the divine conduct, without forming such a scheme of things as shall at once take in time and eternity. Francis Atterbury.

    The haughty monarch was laying schemes for suppressing the ancient liberties, and removing the ancient boundaries of kingdoms. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    He forms the well-concerted scheme of mischief;
    ’Tis fix’d, ’tis done, and both are doom’d to death. Nicholas Rowe.

    The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping of our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes. Jonathan Swift.

    It hath embroiled the endeavours of astrology in the erection of schemes, and the judgment of death and diseases. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    It is a scheme and face of heaven,
    As th’ aspects are dispos’d this even. Hudibras.


  1. scheme

    A scheme, in a general context, can be defined as a systematic plan, method, or arrangement designed to achieve a particular goal or objective. It can also be considered as an organized framework or structure that describes various components of a system, a project, or a concept. In mathematics or algebraic geometry, a scheme represents a mathematical concept used to describe the algebraic properties of a geometric object.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Schemenoun

    a combination of things connected and adjusted by design; a system

  2. Schemenoun

    a plan or theory something to be done; a design; a project; as, to form a scheme

  3. Schemenoun

    any lineal or mathematical diagram; an outline

  4. Schemenoun

    a representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment or at a given event

  5. Schemeverb

    to make a scheme of; to plan; to design; to project; to plot

  6. Schemeverb

    to form a scheme or schemes


  1. Scheme

    Scheme is a functional programming language and one of the two main dialects of the programming language Lisp. Unlike Common Lisp, the other main dialect, Scheme follows a minimalist design philosophy specifying a small standard core with powerful tools for language extension. Its compactness and elegance have made it popular with educators, language designers, programmers, implementors, and hobbyists. The language's diverse appeal is seen as a strong point, though the consequently wide divergence between implementations is seen as one of the language's weak points. Scheme was developed at the MIT AI Lab by Guy L. Steele and Gerald Jay Sussman who introduced it to the academic world via a series of memos, now referred to as the Lambda Papers, over the period 1975–1980. The Scheme language is standardized in the official IEEE standard, and a de facto standard called the Revisedn Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme. The most widely implemented standard is R5RS, and a new standard R6RS was ratified in 2007. Scheme was the first dialect of Lisp to choose lexical scope and the first to require implementations to perform tail-call optimization. It was also one of the first programming languages to support first-class continuations. It had a significant influence on the effort that led to the development of its sister, Common Lisp.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scheme

    skēm, n. plan: something contrived to be done: purpose: plot: a combination of things by design: a specific organisation for some end: an illustrative diagram: a system: a statement in tabular form: a representation of the aspect of the heavenly bodies at a given time.—v.t. to plan: to contrive.—v.i. to form a plan.—n. Scheme′-arch, an arch less than a semicircle.—adj. Scheme′ful.—n. Schē′mer.—adj. Schē′ming, given to forming schemes: intriguing.—adv. Schē′mingly, by scheming.—n. Schē′mist, a schemer: an astrologer.—adj. Schē′my, cunning: intriguing. [L. schema—Gr. schēma, form—echein, schēsein, to hold.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. schemeverb

    To plan to do something to get someones money, most often by cheating. "And the girls that been scheming, gonna get creamed when I" -- The Gravediggaz (Tonite is a special nite).

Editors Contribution

  1. scheme

    A systematic current project or plan.

    The landscaping scheme is easy and simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scheme' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #834

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scheme' in Written Corpus Frequency: #988

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scheme' in Nouns Frequency: #225

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scheme in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scheme in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of scheme in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Cheadle:

    It doesn't worry me, in the overall scheme of things, I'm happy that it happened. It's given me a platform to use to better my people. All of that headache and the names I've been called is a small price to pay.

  2. Shim Ji-heon:

    There is no clear public consensus on how to manage the national pension scheme, we need to start a public discussion on whether to leave the fund's inflow and outflow levels as they are, or to rethink the level of risk the pension is willing to take on.

  3. Julie Girling:

    However, unlike the European Commission, I believe this exemption must be time limited so that we can be sure that the CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) will deliver its objectives.

  4. Farmers Welfare Minister Radha:

    I completely believe that in the beginning of the new year we'll gift (a new insurance scheme) to farmers, the new insurance policy will ensure compensation is paid as early as possible. In the current system payments keep getting delayed, destroying so many families.

  5. Caitlin Carroll:

    It is highly irresponsible for Vermont legislators to promote an importation scheme that would create more avenues for counterfeit drugs to enter the country in the middle of an unprecedented opioid crisis.

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Translations for scheme

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  • مكيدةArabic
  • schéma, plánCzech
  • μηχανορραφία, πλάνο, συνδυασμός, σχέδιο, σχεδιάγραμμα, σκευωρία, πλεκτάνη, απεργάζομαι, εξυφαίνω, σχεδιάζωGreek
  • maquinación, treta, artimaña, estratagema, ardid, intrigaSpanish
  • azerikeriaBasque
  • järjestelmä, rakenne, suunnitelma, kaavio, juoni, suunnitellaFinnish
  • schéma, combine, planFrench
  • תכנית, מבנה, תחבולה, סכימה, תרשיםHebrew
  • ráð, ráðagerð, bruggIcelandic
  • piano, intrigo, stratagemma, macchinazione, programma, schema, progettoItalian
  • 表, 案, 図表, 図, 枠組み, 計画, 陰謀, 企画, 構成, 計略, 概型, 体系Japanese
  • skemaMalay
  • wiskunde, planDutch
  • intryga, plan, programPolish
  • esquema, planejamentoPortuguese
  • структура, замышлять, программа, схема, замыслить, планировать, план, замыселRussian
  • పథకంTelugu
  • düzenTurkish
  • icebo, isuZulu

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