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SCHEME, n. [L. schema; Gr. from a contracted word, probably from to have or hold.]

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

We shall never be able to give ourselves a satisfactory account of the divine conduct without forming such a scheme of things as shall take in time and eternity.

2. A project; a contrivance; a plan of something to be done; a design. Thus we say, to form a scheme, to lay a scheme, to contrive a scheme.

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.

3. A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies; any lineal or mathematical diagram.

SCHEME, v.t. To plan; to contrive.

SCHEME, v.i. To form a plan; to contrive.




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SCHEME, n. [L. schema; Gr. from a contracted word, probably from to have or hold.]

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

We shall never be able to give ourselves a satisfactory account of the divine conduct without forming such a scheme of things as shall take in time and eternity.

2. A project; a contrivance; a plan of something to be done; a design. Thus we say, to form a scheme, to lay a scheme, to contrive a scheme.

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.

3. A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies; any lineal or mathematical diagram.

SCHEME, v.t. To plan; to contrive.

SCHEME, v.i. To form a plan; to contrive.


SCHEME, n. [schema; Gr. σχημα, from σχεω, a contracted word, probably from σχεθω, to have or hold.]

  1. A plan; a combination of things connected and adjusted by design; a system. We shall never be able to give ourselves a satisfactory account of the divine conduct, without forming such a scheme of things as shall take in time and eternity. Atterbury.
  2. A project; a contrivance; a plan of something to be done; a design. Thus we say, to form a scheme, to lay a scheme, to contrive a scheme. The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes. – Swift.
  3. A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies; any lineal or mathematical diagram. Brown. Hudibras.

SCHEME, v.i.

To form a plan; to contrive.


SCHEME, v.t.

To plan; to contrive.


Scheme
  1. 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.

  2. To make a scheme of] to plan; to design; to project; to plot.

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

  3. To form a scheme or schemes.
  4. 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 cutting off our feet when we want shoes. Swift.

  5. Any lineal or mathematical diagram; an outline.

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

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

    A blue silk 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

SCHEME, noun [Latin schema; Gr. from a contracted word, probably from to have or hold.]

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

We shall never be able to give ourselves a satisfactory account of the divine conduct without forming such a scheme of things as shall take in time and eternity.

2. A project; a contrivance; a plan of something to be done; a design. Thus we say, to form a scheme to lay a scheme to contrive a scheme

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.

3. A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies; any lineal or mathematical diagram.

SCHEME, verb transitive To plan; to contrive.

SCHEME, verb intransitive To form a plan; to contrive.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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