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scheme

 (skēm)
n.
1. 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.
2. A secret or devious plan; a plot: a scheme to defraud investors.
3. An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts: an irrigation scheme with dams, reservoirs, and channels.
4. A chart, diagram, or outline of a system or object.
v. schemed, schem·ing, schemes
v.tr.
To contrive a plan or scheme for; plot: scheming their revenge.
v.intr.
To make plans, especially secret or devious ones.

[Latin schēma, figure, from Greek skhēma; see segh- in Indo-European roots.]

schem′er n.

scheme

(skiːm)
n
1. a systematic plan for a course of action
2. a systematic arrangement of correlated parts; system
3. a secret plot
4. a visionary or unrealizable project
5. a chart, diagram, or outline
6. (Astrology) an astrological diagram giving the aspects of celestial bodies at a particular time
7. (Banking & Finance) chiefly Brit a plan formally adopted by a commercial enterprise or governmental body, as for pensions, etc
8. chiefly Scot an area of housing that is laid out esp by a local authority; estate
vb
9. (tr) to devise a system for
10. to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
[C16: from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma form]
ˈschemer n

scheme

(skim)

n., v. schemed, schem•ing. n.
1. a plan, design, or program of action; project.
2. an underhand plot; intrigue.
3. any system or pattern of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of their arrangement: a color scheme.
4. an analytical or tabular statement.
5. a diagram, map, or the like.
v.t.
6. to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.
v.i.
7. to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.
[1545–55; < Medieval Latin schēma (s. schēmat-) < Greek schêma form, figure]
scheme′less, adj.
schem′er, n.

scheme

- From Greek skhema, "figure, form," it first referred to a figure of speech, especially a figure of rhetoric, denoting a way of deviating from the ordinary use and order of words to create special effect.
See also related terms for rhetoric.

Scheme(s)

 a body of related doctrines; a methodical list; a programme of action.
Examples: scheme of questions, 1780; of times, 1677; schemes of blood, 1646; of saddest evils, 1701.

scheme


Past participle: schemed
Gerund: scheming

Imperative
scheme
scheme
Present
I scheme
you scheme
he/she/it schemes
we scheme
you scheme
they scheme
Preterite
I schemed
you schemed
he/she/it schemed
we schemed
you schemed
they schemed
Present Continuous
I am scheming
you are scheming
he/she/it is scheming
we are scheming
you are scheming
they are scheming
Present Perfect
I have schemed
you have schemed
he/she/it has schemed
we have schemed
you have schemed
they have schemed
Past Continuous
I was scheming
you were scheming
he/she/it was scheming
we were scheming
you were scheming
they were scheming
Past Perfect
I had schemed
you had schemed
he/she/it had schemed
we had schemed
you had schemed
they had schemed
Future
I will scheme
you will scheme
he/she/it will scheme
we will scheme
you will scheme
they will scheme
Future Perfect
I will have schemed
you will have schemed
he/she/it will have schemed
we will have schemed
you will have schemed
they will have schemed
Future Continuous
I will be scheming
you will be scheming
he/she/it will be scheming
we will be scheming
you will be scheming
they will be scheming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scheming
you have been scheming
he/she/it has been scheming
we have been scheming
you have been scheming
they have been scheming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scheming
you will have been scheming
he/she/it will have been scheming
we will have been scheming
you will have been scheming
they will have been scheming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scheming
you had been scheming
he/she/it had been scheming
we had been scheming
you had been scheming
they had been scheming
Conditional
I would scheme
you would scheme
he/she/it would scheme
we would scheme
you would scheme
they would scheme
Past Conditional
I would have schemed
you would have schemed
he/she/it would have schemed
we would have schemed
you would have schemed
they would have schemed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scheme - an elaborate and systematic plan of actionscheme - an elaborate and systematic plan of action
plan of action - a plan for actively doing something
dodge, stratagem, contrivance - an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
counterterrorism - a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
game plan - (sports) a plan for achieving an objective in some sport
game plan - (figurative) a carefully thought out strategy for achieving an objective in war or politics or business or personal affairs; "newscasters speculated about the President's game plan for an invasion"
house of cards, bubble - a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control; "his proposal was nothing but a house of cards"; "a real estate bubble"
playbook - a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign; "they borrowed a page from the playbook of the opposition"
plot, secret plan, game - a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start"
pyramid scheme - a fraudulent scheme in which people are recruited to make payments to the person who recruited them while expecting to receive payments from the persons they recruit; when the number of new recruits fails to sustain the hierarchical payment structure the scheme collapses with most of the participants losing the money they put in
waiting game - a strategy of delay
wheeze - (Briticism) a clever or amusing scheme or trick; "a clever wheeze probably succeeded in neutralizing the German espionage threat"
incentive program, incentive scheme - a formal scheme for inducing someone (as employees) to do something
2.scheme - a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickeryscheme - a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
falsehood, untruth, falsity - a false statement
3.scheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified wholescheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
language system - a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language
judicatory, judicial system, judiciary, judicature - the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government
economic system, economy - the system of production and distribution and consumption
ecosystem - a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment
hierarchy - a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system; "put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
dragnet - a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals); "caught in the police dragnet"
machinery - a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions; "the complex machinery of negotiation"; "the machinery of command labored and brought forth an order"
network, web - an interconnected system of things or people; "he owned a network of shops"; "retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life"; "tangled in a web of cloth"
nonlinear system - a system whose performance cannot be described by equations of the first degree
subsystem - a system that is part of some larger system
organism - a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body; "the social organism"
syntax - a systematic orderly arrangement
body - a collection of particulars considered as a system; "a body of law"; "a body of doctrine"; "a body of precedents"
shebang - an entire system; used in the phrase `the whole shebang'
solar system - the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
water system - a river and all of its tributaries
root system, rootage - a developed system of roots
4.scheme - an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
5.scheme - a schematic or preliminary plan
plan, program, programme - a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"
Verb1.scheme - form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
plot - plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the overthrow of the government"
2.scheme - devise a system or form a scheme for
plan - make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family"

scheme

verb
1. plot, plan, intrigue, manoeuvre, conspire, contrive, collude, wheel and deal, machinate Everyone's always scheming and plotting.
Quotations
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men"
"Gang aft a-gley" [Robert Burns To a Mouse]

scheme

noun
1. A method for making, doing, or accomplishing something:
2. A secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:
verb
1. To work out a secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:
2. To form a strategy for:
Informal: dope out.
Idiom: lay plans.
Translations
خِطَّةخُطَّه، بَرْنامَج، تَصْميممَكيدَهيُدَبِّرُ مُؤامَرةً أو مَكيدَه
intrikovatpikleplánprojektsystém
planlave intriger
suunnitelma
shema
áætlunbrugga ráîráîabrugg
計画
계획
intrigaintrigantasužsiimantis intrigomis
intrigaļauns nodomsplānsprojektsvērpt intrigas
načrt
plan
แผนการ
dolap çevirmekdüzendüzen kurmakhileplan
kế hoạch

scheme

[ˈskiːm]
n
(= idea, plan) → plan m, projet m; (dishonest)combine f
a money-making scheme → une combine pour gagner de l'argent
a crazy scheme he dreamed up
BUT un truc farfelu qu'il a inventé.
(= official project) → projet m
a council road-widening scheme → un projet municipal d'élargissement des routes
training schemes → programmes mpl de formation
the State pension scheme → le régime de retraite de l'État

scheme

n
(= plan)Plan m, → Programm nt; (= project)Projekt nt; (= insurance scheme)Programm nt; (= idea)Idee f; the scheme for the new bypassdas neue Umgehungsstraßenprojekt; a scheme of workein Arbeitsprogramm ntor -plan m; savings schemeSparprogramm nt
(= plot)(raffinierter) Plan; (esp political) → Komplott nt; (at court, in firm etc) → Intrige f; a scheme to overthrow the governmentein Komplott mgegen die Regierung, Pläne pl, → die Regierung zu stürzen; the CIA’s schemes to discredit Castrodie Machenschaften pldes CIA, um Castro zu diskreditieren
(= arrangement, layout, of town centre etc) → Anlage f; (of room etc)Einrichtung f; the new road schemedas neue Straßensystem; rhyme schemeReimschema nt; it doesn’t fit into my scheme of thingses hat keinen Platz in meiner Betrachtungsweise; in the grand scheme of thingsim Ganzen gesehen
(Brit: = housing scheme) → Siedlung f
viPläne schmieden or aushecken (inf); (in firm etc) → intrigieren; to scheme for somethingauf etw (acc)hinarbeiten

scheme

[skiːm]
1. n
a. (plan) → piano; (method) → sistema m
a scheme to rebuild or for rebuilding sth → un piano per la ricostruzione di qc
a scheme of work → un piano or programma m di lavoro
it's some crazy scheme of his → è una delle sue idee balzane
b. (dishonest plan, plot) scheme (to do or for doing sth/for sth)piano (per fare qc/per qc)
c. (arrangement) → sistemazione f
colour scheme → combinazione f di colori
man's place in the scheme of things (fig) → il posto dell'uomo nell'ordine delle cose
2. vi to scheme (to do) (intrigue) → tramare (per fare), complottare (per fare)

scheme

(skiːm) noun
1. a plan or arrangement; a way of doing something. a colour scheme for the room; There are various schemes for improving the roads.
2. a (usually secret) dishonest plan. His schemes to steal the money were discovered.
verb
to make (especially dishonest) schemes. He was punished for scheming against the President; They have all been scheming for my dismissal.
ˈschemer noun
He's a dangerous schemer.
ˈscheming adjective
having or making (usually secret) dishonest plans. a scheming woman.

scheme

خِطَّة systém plan Plan σχέδιο plan suunnitelma plan shema piano 計画 계획 programma handlingsplan plan esquema схема plan แผนการ plan kế hoạch 计划
References in classic literature ?
The trick of saving money, begun for a purpose, was carried on after the scheme of going to the city to find Ned Currie had been given up.
I have a big scheme on hand, and want to be on the field proper to pull the ropes and handle the ribbons.
Whether this answer affected their courage, or not, I cannot tell; but, contrary to our expectations, they formed a scheme to deceive us, declaring it was their orders, from Governor Hamilton, to take us captives, and not to destroy us; but if nine of us would come out, and treat with them, they would immediatly withdraw their forces from our walls, and return home peaceably.
But the Puritan soldier and magistrate was not a man to be turned aside from his well-considered scheme, either by dread of the wizard's ghost, or by flimsy sentimentalities of any kind, however specious.
Here, too, comes his owner, cheerful, sombre, gracious or in the sulks, accordingly as his scheme of the now accomplished voyage has been realized in merchandise that will readily be turned to gold, or has buried him under a bulk of incommodities such as nobody will care to rid him of.
There was a circumstance which at first sight seemed to entangle his delirious but still methodical scheme.
Marking all this, Stubb argued well for his scheme, and turning to the Guernsey-man had a little chat with him, during which the stranger mate expressed his detestation of his Captain as a conceited ignoramus, who had brought them all into so unsavory and unprofitable a pickle.
They are an uncommonly handsome pair," he said, "and if they are as good as they look I am sure you need not wish for anything better; but I see you still hold that pet scheme of yours for worrying your horses and lessening their power.
Ona's heart sank, for the house was not as it was shown in the picture; the color scheme was different, for one thing, and then it did not seem quite so big.
Doubtless the scheme may have been used, in unjustifiable ways, as a means of retarding our emancipation.
I mean, until the author of this book encountered the Pompadour, and Lady Castlemaine, and some other executive heads of that kind; these were found so difficult to work into the scheme, that it was judged better to take the other tack in this book (which must be issued this fall), and then go into training and settle the question in another book.
This scheme succeeded-- the favorable impression was achieved.