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schedule

[skej-ool, -oo l, -oo-uh l; British shed-yool, shej-ool] /ˈskɛdʒ ul, -ʊl, -u əl; British ˈʃɛd yul, ˈʃɛdʒ ul/
noun
1.
a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with reference to the sequence of and time allotted for each item or operation necessary to its completion:
The schedule allows three weeks for this stage.
2.
a series of things to be done or of events to occur at or during a particular time or period:
He always has a full schedule.
3.
a timetable.
4.
a written or printed statement of details, often in classified or tabular form, especially one forming an appendix or explanatory addition to another document.
5.
Obsolete. a written paper.
verb (used with object), scheduled, scheduling.
6.
to make a schedule of or enter in a schedule.
7.
to plan for a certain date:
to schedule publication for June.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Late Latin schedula, equivalent to Latin sched(a) leaf of paper + -ula -ule; replacing Middle English cedule, sedule < Middle French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
schedular, adjective
scheduler, noun
preschedule, verb (used with object), prescheduled, prescheduling.
subschedule, noun
unscheduled, adjective
well-scheduled, adjective
Synonyms
4. table, register. See list1 . 6. register, list, enroll, tabulate.
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  • There may be schedules made out, owing to my exertions, but they will be only catalogs of sale.
  • Productivity for people, as they adjust twice a year, to new schedules is not even considered.
  • Smart phones can provide music, movie times, bus schedules.
  • Or even their airship attempts have eaten budgets and slipped schedules.
  • The latter may cause people to reshuffle schedules or miss an entire day's work.
  • In other words, their optimal circadian sleep periods are out of whack with their actual sleep schedules.
  • There should have been tons of notes, schedules, budgets.
  • While container ships tend to follow regular schedules, the movement of bulk dry carriers and oil tankers is much less regular.
  • New ways of working from free agency to more flexible schedules and telecommuting which further reduce the need for cars.
  • He fixed railroad rates, routes, and even schedules.
British Dictionary definitions for schedules

schedule

/ˈʃɛdjuːl; esp US ˈskɛdʒʊəl/
noun
1.
a plan of procedure for a project, allotting the work to be done and the time for it
2.
a list of items: a schedule of fixed prices
3.
a list of times, esp of arrivals and departures; timetable
4.
a list of tasks to be performed, esp within a set period
5.
(law) a list or inventory, usually supplementary to a contract, will, etc
6.
on schedule, at the expected or planned time
verb (transitive)
7.
to make a schedule of or place in a schedule
8.
to plan to occur at a certain time
Derived Forms
schedular, adjective
Word Origin
C14: earlier cedule, sedule via Old French from Late Latin schedula small piece of paper, from Latin scheda sheet of paper
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Word Origin and History for schedules

schedule

n.

late 14c., sedule, cedule "ticket, label, slip of paper with writing on it," from Old French cedule (Modern French cédule), from Late Latin schedula "strip of paper" (in Medieval Latin also "a note, schedule"), diminutive of Latin scheda, scida "one of the strips forming a papyrus sheet," from Greek skhida "splinter," from stem of skhizein "to cleave, split" (see shed (v.)). Also from the Latin word are Spanish cédula, German Zettel.

The notion is of slips of paper attached to a document as an appendix (a sense maintained in U.S. tax forms). The specific meaning "printed timetable" is first recorded 1863 in railway use. Modern spelling is a 15c. imitation of Latin, but pronunciation remained "sed-yul" for centuries afterward; the modern British pronunciation ("shed-yul") is from French influence, while the U.S. pronunciation ("sked-yul") is from the practice of Webster, based on the Greek original.

v.

"make a schedule of, 1855; include in a schedule, 1862; from schedule (n.). Related: Scheduled; scheduling.

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