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.]


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

The appearance and outward scheme of things. Locke.

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

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

The Revolution came and changed his whole scheme of life. Macaulay.


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 cuttig off our feet when we want shoes. Swift.


Any lineal or mathematical diagram; an outline.

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

4. Astrol.

A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment o at a given event.

A blue 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. Rowe.

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


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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.

That wickedness which schemed, and executed, his destruction. G. Stuart.


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Scheme, v. i.

To form a scheme or schemes.


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