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Meaning of scheme

scheme

Pronunciation: (skēm), [key]
— n., v., schemed, schem•ing.
—n.
  1. a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project.
  2. an underhand plot; intrigue.
  3. a visionary or impractical project.
  4. a body or system of related doctrines, theories, etc.: a scheme of philosophy.
  5. any system of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of its arrangement.
  6. a plan, program, or policy officially adopted and followed, as by a government or business: The company's pension scheme is very successful.
  7. an analytical or tabular statement.
  8. a diagram, map, or the like.
  9. an astrological diagram of the heavens.
—v.t.
  1. to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.
—v.i.
  1. to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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