Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "scheme": 
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (5)

1. an elaborate and systematic plan of action;
[syn: scheme, strategy]

2. a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery;
[syn: dodge, dodging, scheme]

3. a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole;
- Example: "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
[syn: system, scheme]

4. an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world;
[syn: schema, scheme]

5. a schematic or preliminary plan;
[syn: outline, schema, scheme]

VERB (2)

1. form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner;
[syn: scheme, intrigue, connive]

2. devise a system or form a scheme for;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scheme \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. [1913 Webster] The appearance and outward scheme of things. --Locke. [1913 Webster] Such a scheme of things as shall at once take in time and eternity. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] Arguments . . . sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy. --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster] The Revolution came and changed his whole scheme of life. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. A plan or theory something to be done; a design; a project; as, to form a scheme. [1913 Webster] The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. Any lineal or mathematical diagram; an outline. [1913 Webster] To draw an exact scheme of Constantinople, or a map of France. --South. [1913 Webster] 4. (Astrol.) A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment or at a given event. [1913 Webster] A blue silk case, from which was drawn a scheme of nativity. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Syn: Plan; project; contrivance; purpose; device; plot. Usage: 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. [1913 Webster] He forms the well-concerted scheme of mischief; 'T is fixed, 't is done, and both are doomed to death. --Rowe. [1913 Webster] Artists and plans relieved my solemn hours; I founded palaces, and planted bowers. --Prior. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scheme \Scheme\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Schemed; p. pr. & vb. n. Scheming.] To make a scheme of; to plan; to design; to project; to plot. [1913 Webster] That wickedness which schemed, and executed, his destruction. --G. Stuart. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scheme \Scheme\, v. i. To form a scheme or schemes. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

264 Moby Thesaurus words for "scheme": Byzantine intrigues, action, anagnorisis, angle, approach, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrangement, art, artful dodge, artifice, atmosphere, attack, background, backstairs influence, bag of tricks, blind, blueprint, blueprinting, bluff, bosey, brew, cabal, calculate, calculation, catalog, catalogue raisonne, catastrophe, catch, characterization, chart, charting, chicanery, chouse, collude, collusion, color, complication, complicity, complot, conception, concoct, confederacy, connections, connivance, connive, conspiracy, conspire, continuity, contrivance, contrive, contriving, cook up, countermine, counterplot, coup, course of action, covin, craft, curve, curve-ball, cute trick, deals, deceit, deep-laid plot, denouement, design, development, device, devise, diagram, dirty deal, dirty trick, disposition, dodge, draft, drawing, engineer, engineering, enterprise, envisagement, episode, expedient, exposition, fable, fakement, falling action, fast deal, feint, fetch, ficelle, figuring, finagle, finagling, finesse, fix, foresight, forethink, forethought, formulate, frame, frame up, frame-up, gambit, game, game plan, games, gerrymander, gimmick, googly, graph, graphing, grift, ground plan, guidelines, hatch, hatch a plot, hatch up, hocus-pocus, idea, incident, influence peddling, intention, intrigue, intrigues, jockey, joker, juggle, jugglery, knavery, lay a plot, layout, line, lineup, little game, lobbying, lobbyism, local color, long-range plan, machinate, machination, maneuver, maneuvering, manipulate, manipulation, map, mapping, master plan, method, methodology, mood, motif, move, movement, mythos, operate, operations research, order, ordering, organization, organize, outline, pack, pack the deal, pass, pattern, peripeteia, plan, planning, planning function, play games, plot, plotting, ploy, ploys, practice, prearrange, prearrangement, preconcert, preconsider, precontrive, predesign, predetermine, premeditate, preorder, preresolve, presentation, procedure, program, program of action, project, projection, proposal, proposition, pull strings, racket, rationalization, recognition, red herring, rig, rigging, rising action, ropes, ruse, scenario, schedule, schema, schematic, schematism, schematization, scheme of arrangement, schemery, schemes, scheming, scurvy trick, secondary plot, set up, setup, sew up, shift, slant, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, stack the cards, story, stratagem, strategic plan, strategy, strings, structure, subject, subplot, subterfuge, suggestion, switch, system, systematization, table, table of contents, tactic, tactical plan, tactics, technique, the big picture, the picture, thematic development, theme, tone, topic, trick, trickery, twist, underplot, wangle, way, web of intrigue, wile, wily device, wire-pulling, wires, work out beforehand, working plan