Scheme or Schema – What’s the difference?

Scheme or Schema - What's the difference?
Scheme is a related term of schema. As nouns the difference between scheme and schema is that scheme is a systematic plan of future action while schema is an outline or image universally applicable to a general conception, under which it is likely to be presented to the mind. As a verb scheme is to plot, or contrive a plan.



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(en noun )

  • A systematic plan of future action.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
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  • A plot or secret, devious plan.
  • An orderly combination of related parts.
  • * John Locke
  • the appearance and outward scheme of things
  • * Atterbury
  • such a scheme of things as shall at once take in time and eternity
  • * J. Edwards
  • arguments sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy
  • * Macaulay
  • The Revolution came and changed his whole scheme of life.
  • A chart or diagram of a system or object.
  • * South
  • to draw an exact scheme of Constantinople, or a map of France
  • (mathematics) A type of topological space.
  • (UK, chiefly, Scotland) A council housing estate.
  • * 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 101:
  • It was all too dear. They all just put their prices up because it was out in the scheme .
  • (rhetoric) An artful deviation from the ordinary arrangement of words.
  • (astrology) A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment or at a given event.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • a blue case, from which was drawn a scheme of nativity
  • Part of a uniform resource identifier indicating the protocol or other purpose, such as http: or news:.
  • Usage notes

    In the US, generally has devious connotations, while in the UK, frequently used as a neutral term for projects: “The road is closed due to a pavement-widening scheme.”


    * (a systematic plan of future action) blueprint



  • To plot, or contrive a plan.
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    , passage=The openly ridiculous plot has The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) scheming to win the Pirate Of The Year competition, even though he’s a terrible pirate, far outclassed by rivals voiced by Jeremy Piven and Salma Hayek. }}







  • An outline or image universally applicable to a general conception, under which it is likely to be presented to the mind (for example, a ).
  • (databases) A formal description of the structure of a database: the names of the tables, the names of the columns of each table, and the data type and other attributes of each column.
  • (markup languages) A formal description of data, data types, and data file structures, such as for XML files.
  • (logic) A formula in the language of an axiomatic system, in which one or more schematic variables appear, which stand for any term or subformula of the system, which may or may not be required to satisfy certain conditions.
  • Synonyms

    * (universally-applicable image or outline) schemat
    * (databases) schemat
    * (logic) axiom schema, schemat

    Derived terms

    * conceptual schema
    * logical schema
    * physical schema




    * “ schema]” listed in the [[w:Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary] , second edition (1989)
    English nouns with irregular plurals