Meaning of SCHEME in English

I. ˈskēm noun

Etymology: Latin schemat-, schema arrangement, figure, from Greek schēmat-, schēma, from echein to have, hold, be in (such) a condition; akin to Old English sige victory, Sanskrit sahate he prevails

Date: circa 1595


a. archaic

(1) : a mathematical or astronomical diagram

(2) : a representation of the astrological aspects of the planets at a particular time

b. : a graphic sketch or outline

2. : a concise statement or table : epitome

3. : a plan or program of action ; especially : a crafty or secret one

4. : a systematic or organized configuration : design

color scheme

Synonyms: see plan

II. verb

( schemed ; schem·ing )

Date: 1749

transitive verb

: to form a scheme for

intransitive verb

: to form plans ; also : plot , intrigue

• schem·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.