1. A systematic plan of action: "Did you ever carry out your scheme of writing a series of sonnets embodying all the great epochs of art?" (Edith Wharton). See Synonyms at plan.
2. A secret or devious plan; a plot: a scheme to defraud investors.
3. An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts: an irrigation scheme with dams, reservoirs, and channels.
4. A chart, diagram, or outline of a system or object.
v. schemed, schem·ing, schemes
To contrive a plan or scheme for; plot: scheming their revenge.
To make plans, especially secret or devious ones.
[Latin schēma, figure, from Greek skhēma; see segh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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