Meaning of schema

sche•ma

Pronunciation: (skē'mu), [key]
— pl. sche•ma•ta sche•mas.
  1. a diagram, plan, or scheme.
  2. an underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework.
  3. (in Kantian epistemology) a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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