What does scheme mean?

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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.

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. Merrick Garland:

    It’s clearly unconstitutional, the obvious and expressly acknowledged intention of this statutory scheme is to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.

  2. Iain Percy:

    I've not been surprised by the warmth to Bart's Bash as he was loved by so many people, we're introducing a' Bart's buddies' scheme this year to introduce new people to sailing as well, plus it raises money for good causes. It's all the values that were important to him.

  3. The Commission:

    Considerable efficiency gains could be made by converging renewables support scheme across borders, particularly through enhanced regional cooperation.

  4. Josh Engel:

    The village enacted this unconstitutional scheme primarily as a money making venture, they increased their spending significantly after the scheme was put in place and it was basically used to fill holes in their budget that would traditionally have come from raising taxes.

  5. Matt Wilson:

    Based on the content of the ad and our understanding of the scheme, and the work we have already carried out in this area, we concluded the ad was unlikely to mislead consumers.

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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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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. abandon
    • B. vigorish
    • C. contempt
    • D. ternion

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