ETYM Latin schema a rhetorical figure, a shape, figure, manner, Greek skema, form, shape, outline, plan, from echein to have or hold; cf. Skr. sah to be victorious, to endure, as. sige victory, German sieg. Cf. Epoch, Hectic, School.
An elaborate and systematic plan of action; SYN. strategy.
1. To devise a system or form a scheme for.
2. To form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner; SYN. intrigue, connive.