[ skeem ]
/ skim /
a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project.
an underhand plot; intrigue.
a visionary or impractical project.
a body or system of related doctrines, theories, etc.: a scheme of philosophy.
any system of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of its arrangement.
a plan, program, or policy officially adopted and followed, as by a government or business: The company's pension scheme is very successful.
an analytical or tabular statement.
a diagram, map, or the like.
an astrological diagram of the heavens.
verb (used with object), schemed, schem·ing.
to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.
verb (used without object), schemed, schem·ing.
to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.
Words nearby scheme
Origin of scheme
1545–55; < Medieval Latin schēma (stem schēmat-) < Greek schêma form, figure
OTHER WORDS FROM scheme
scheme·less, adjectiveschem·er, nounout·scheme, verb (used with object), out·schemed, out·schem·ing.sub·scheme, noun
un·der·scheme, nounun·schemed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for out-scheme
/ (skiːm) /
a systematic plan for a course of action
a systematic arrangement of correlated parts; system
a secret plot
a visionary or unrealizable project
a chart, diagram, or outline
an astrological diagram giving the aspects of celestial bodies at a particular time
mainly British a plan formally adopted by a commercial enterprise or governmental body, as for pensions, etc
mainly Scot an area of housing that is laid out esp by a local authority; estate
(tr) to devise a system for
to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
Derived forms of schemeschemer, noun
Word Origin for scheme
C16: from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma form
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Idioms and Phrases with out-scheme
see best-laid plans (schemes).
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