Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) a schematic or preliminary plan
  2. (noun, cognition) an elaborate and systematic plan of action
  3. (noun, cognition) an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world
  4. (noun, communication) a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
  5. (noun, group) a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
  6. (verb, cognition) form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
  7. (verb, cognition) devise a system or form a scheme for

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Origin of the word Scheme

  1. 1553, "figure of speech," from M.L. schema "shape, figure, form, figure of speech," from Gk. skhema (gen. skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE base *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Skt. sahate "he masters," sahah "power, vic… more

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