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spoken English38.33%written English61.67% conversational speech6.84%task-oriented speech93.16% imaginative writing8.02%informational writing91.98%
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Definition of the noun scheme

What does scheme mean as a name of something?

Scheme is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: schemes

  1. an elaborate and systematic plan of action
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of scheme: strategy
    • more generic term: plan of action = a plan for actively doing something
    • more specific terms:
      • contrivance / stratagem / dodge = an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
      • counterterrorism = a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
      • game plan = a plan for achieving an objective in some sport
      • game plan = a carefully thought out strategy for achieving an objective in war or politics or business or personal affairs
      • house of cards / bubble = a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control
      • playbook = a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign
      • secret plan / game / plot = a secret scheme to do something
      • 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
      • waiting game = a strategy of delay
      • wheeze = a clever or amusing scheme or trick
      • incentive program / incentive scheme = a formal scheme for inducing someone (as employees) to do something
  2. a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
  3. a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of scheme: system
    • more generic words: group / grouping = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • more specific terms:
    • part: hierarchy = a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system
  4. an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world
  5. a schematic or preliminary plan

Alternative definition of the noun scheme


  1. A systematic plan of future action.
  2. A plot or secret, devious plan.
  3. An orderly combination of related parts.
  4. A chart or diagram of a system or object.
  5. [mathematics] A type of topological space.
  6. [UK, chiefly Scotland] A council housing estate.
  7. [rhetoric] An artful deviation from the ordinary arrangement of words.

Definition of the verb scheme

What does scheme mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: schemed | scheming | schemes

  1. form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being or organization] [Verb]John and Sarah conspired
      [Actor - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]The US conspired to overthrow the UN
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] against [Actor 2]John conspired against her
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2]John conspired with Sarah

      Conspire Verbs (with the same syntax): ally, befriend, collaborate, collude, conspire, discriminate, legislate, partner, protest, rebel, retaliate, sin, team up.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of scheme: connive / intrigue
    • more generic word: plot = plan secretly, usually something illegal
  2. devise a system or form a scheme for
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: plan = make plans for something

Alternative definition of the verb scheme


  1. [intransitive] To plot, or contrive a plan.


"Scheme" a.k.a. "The Scheme" is a film, directed by Marcus Gautesen.


  1. Scheme is a functional programming language and one of the two main dialects of the programming language Lisp. Unlike Common Lisp, the other main dialect, Scheme follows a minimalist design philosophy specifying a small standard core with powerful tools for language extension.
  2. Scheme: In mathematics, schemes connect the fields of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra and number theory. Schemes were introduced by Alexander Grothendieck in 1960 in his treatise Éléments de géométrie algébrique, with the aim of developing the formalism needed to solve deep problems of algebraic geometry, such as Weil conjectures. Schemes enlarge the notion of algebraic variety to include nilpotent elements, and "varieties" defined over any commutative ring. Some consider schemes to be the basic object of study of modern algebraic geometry. Technically, a scheme is a topological space together with commutative rings for all of its open sets, which arises from gluing together spectra of commutative rings along their open subsets.
  3. Scheme: In linguistics, scheme is a figure of speech that changes the normal arrangement of words in a sentence's structure. A good example of a playwright who is notable for his use of schemes and tropes is William Shakespeare.

Phrases with Scheme

  1. scheme arch
  2. Lift Scheme
  3. Axiom Scheme
  4. color scheme
  5. Ponzi Scheme
  6. Rhyme scheme
  7. colour scheme
  8. pyramid scheme
  9. incentive scheme
  10. fraudulent scheme
  11. pump-and-dump scheme
  12. Classification scheme
  13. Collective Investment Scheme

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Scheme

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Google previewWeb Information Systems and Mining (2011)

International Conference, WISM 2011, Taiyuan, China, September 24-25, 2011, Proceedings by Zhiguo Gong, Xiangfeng Luo, Junjie Chen, Jingsheng Lei, Fu Lee Wang

Secret sharing scheme is an important method to share secrets among all participants.

Google previewParliamentary Debates (1903)

by Victoria. Parliament

The scheme is a main channel 17 miles long from Western Port Bay to the Bunyip River.

Google previewWhitehead's Metaphysics of Extension and Solidarity (1986)

by Jorge Luis Nobo

Both modes of analysis, it bears repeating, are predicated on the fact that the occasion's extensive scheme is the crucial morphological factor shaping the occasion's "qualitative content and objectifications of other particulars into a coherent ...

Google previewCryptography (2005)

Theory and Practice, Third Edition by Douglas R. Stinson

A signature scheme is a method of signing a message stored in electronic form. As such, a signed message can be transmitted over a computer network. In this chapter, we will study several signature schemes, but first we discuss some ...

Google previewKnowing from Words (2013)

Western and Indian Philosophical Analysis of Understanding and Testimony by Bimal K. Matilal, A. Chakrabarti

The powers scheme is a significance-embraces-comprehension approach (in that comprehension is among the things the powers are powers to evoke), while the reasons scheme is a comprehension-embraces-significance approach (in that ...

Google previewFrom QoS Provisioning to QoS Charging (2002)

Third COST 263 International Workshop on Quality of Future Internet Services, QofIS 2002, and Second International Workshop on Internet Charging and QoS Technologies, ICQT 2002, Zurich, Switzerland, October 16-18, 2002, Proceedings by Burkhard Stiller, Michael Smirnow, Martin Karsten, Peter Reichl

A resource reservation scheme is an important mechanism of providing guaranteed QoS to applications. Today the only protocol that is standardized by IETF is the resource reservation protocol RSVP. Development of the next generation of ...

Google previewGlobal Tradeable Carbon Permits, Participation Incentives, and Transfers (1994)

by Bjorn Larsen, Anwar Shah

However, a potential problem with the latter allocation scheme is that net benefits relative to GDP for non-OECDs would be larger for non-OECDs with higher emissions per dollar of GDP, such as China, North Korea and Poland and therefore, ...

Google previewComputational Intelligence and Security (2005)

International Conference, CIS 2005, Xi'an, China, December 15-19, 2005, Proceedings by Yue Hao

Introduction A secret sharing scheme is a technique to share a secret among a group of participants.

Google previewEncyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme (2012)

by Donald J. Sobol

Scheme. On the field in South Park the Chipmunks and Cobras soccer teams were warming up for the game to decide the league championship for boys twelve and under. Encyclopedia and Sally stood on the sideline with Hugh Canfield, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Sudan (2013)

by Robert S. Kramer, Richard A. Lobban Jr., Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

ZAN DE SCHEME. A major ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Education in South Asia (2003)

by Ramesh Chandra

1986, the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Restructuring and Reorganisation of Teacher Education was taken up in 1987 to create a viable institutional ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Malawi (2012)

by Owen J. M. Kalinga

Instead, this largest man-made forest in Africa would become the home of a pulpwood scheme, but it too was abandoned in the early 1980s. In 1999, as part of the privatization, the venture was sold to TS Rai Ltd. of Kenya, which renamed it, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Philippines (2012)

by Artemio R. Guillermo

Vote padding and vote shaving scheme. An illicit operation of adding (dagdag) or subtracting (bawas) votes to ensure the victory or defeat of political candidates. This poll fraud is usually committed at the municipal level.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Moldova (2007)

by Andrei Brezianu, Vlad Spânu

scheme, Moldova was eligible for additional preferences under the special incentive arrangement for the protec— tion of labor rights and benefited from this incentive until 31 ...

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Usage statistics about scheme

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun scheme:

spoken English38.33%written English61.67% conversational speech6.84%task-oriented speech93.16% imaginative writing8.02%informational writing91.98%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun scheme:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb scheme:


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Quotes about Scheme

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. (H.L. Mencken)
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Scrabble value of S1C3H4E1M3E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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