May 09, 2012
- scheme (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a pictorial sketch or outline2 : a brief statement in an outline, table, or list3 : a plan or program of action; especially : a sly or secret one4 : a regular or organized design
- How do you use it?
- "In this hatching of their scheme, neither Trent nor Quilp had had one thought about the happiness or misery of poor innocent Nell." (Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop)
- Are you a word wiz?
One synonym of "scheme" is "plan." Which word do you think is another synonym of "scheme"?"Plan," "scheme," "plot," and "design" all refer to an idea for doing or making something. "Plan" implies thinking carefully about how to do something, as in "a plan to save money." "Plan" also sometimes refers to a graphic representation of someone's idea, as in "architectural plans for the house." "Scheme" stresses careful consideration of results and may involve craftiness and self-interest, as in "their scheme to mislead the public." "Plot" implies a plan with clearly distinguished and ordered parts, as in "the plot of a play." "Design" often suggests a particular pattern that has order or harmony, as in "the design for the new uniforms."