(||Sche"ma) n.; pl. Schemata E. Schemas [G. See Scheme.] (Kantian Philos.) An outline or image universally applicable to a general conception, under which it is likely to be presented to the mind; as, five dots in a line are a schema of the number five; a preceding and succeeding event are a schema of cause and effect.

(Sche*mat"ic) a. [Cf. Gr. pretended.] Of or pertaining to a scheme or a schema.

(Sche"ma*tism) n. [Cf. F. schématisme fr. Gr. fr. to form. See Scheme.]

1. (Astrol.) Combination of the aspects of heavenly bodies.

2. Particular form or disposition of a thing; an exhibition in outline of any systematic arrangement. [R.]

(Sche"ma*tist) n. One given to forming schemes; a projector; a schemer. Swift.

(Sche"ma*tize) v. i. [Cf. F. schématiser, Gr. .] To form a scheme or schemes.

(Scheme) n. [L. schema a rhetorical figure, a shape, figure, manner, Gr. form, shape, outline, plan, fr. to have or hold, to hold out, sustain, check, stop; cf. Skr. sah to be victorious, to endure, to hold out, AS. sige victory, G. sieg. Cf. Epoch, Hectic, School.]

1. A combination of things connected and adjusted by design; a system.

The appearance and outward scheme of things.

Such a scheme of things as shall at once take in time and eternity.

Arguments . . . sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy.
J. Edwards.

The Revolution came and changed his whole scheme of life.

2. A plan or theory something to be done; a design; a project; as, to form a scheme.

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.

3. Any lineal or mathematical diagram; an outline.

To draw an exact scheme of Constantinople, or a map of France.

4. (Astrol.) A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment or at a given event.

A blue silk case, from which was drawn a scheme of nativity.
Sir W. Scott.

Syn. — Plan; project; contrivance; purpose; device; plot. — Scheme, Plan. Scheme and plan are subordinate to design; they propose modes of carrying our designs into effect. Scheme is the least definite of the two, and lies more in speculation. A plan is drawn out into details with a view to being carried into effect. As schemes are speculative, they often prove visionary; hence the opprobrious use of the words schemer and scheming. Plans, being more practical, are more frequently carried into effect.

He forms the well-concerted scheme of mischief;
'T is fixed, 't is done, and both are doomed to death.

Artists and plans relieved my solemn hours;
I founded palaces, and planted bowers.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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