scheme
I. noun Etymology: Latin schemat-, schema arrangement, figure, from Greek schēmat-, schēma, from echein to have, hold, be in (such) a condition; akin to Old English sige victory, Sanskrit sahate he prevails Date: circa 1595 1. a. archaic (1) a mathematical or astronomical diagram (2) a representation of the astrological aspects of the planets at a particular time b. a graphic sketch or outline 2. a concise statement or table ; epitome 3. a plan or program of action; especially a crafty or secret one 4. a systematic or organized configuration ; design <
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Synonyms: see plan II. verb (schemed; scheming) Date: 1749 transitive verb to form a scheme for intransitive verb to form plans; also plot, intrigueschemer noun

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