from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To express in or reduce to a scheme.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To form into a scheme or schemes; arrange in outline.
  • To form a scheme or schemes; make a plan in outline.
  • To think by means of a schema in the Kantian sense.
  • Also spelled schematise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To form a scheme or schemes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To organize according to a scheme

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb formulate in regular order; to reduce to a scheme or formula
  • verb give conventional form to


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek skhēmatizein, to give form to, from skhēma, skhēmat-, form; see scheme.]

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Compare French schématiser, from Ancient Greek.


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