schema

[skee-muh]
noun, plural schemata [skee-muh-tuh or, sometimes, skee-mah-tuh, ski-] , schemas.
1.
a diagram, plan, or scheme. outline, framework, model.
2.
an underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework: A schema provides the basis by which someone relates to the events he or she experiences.
3.
(in Kantian epistemology) a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Greek schêma form

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schema (ˈskiːmə)
 
n , pl -mata
1.  a plan, diagram, or scheme
2.  (in the philosophy of Kant) a rule or principle that enables the understanding to apply its categories and unify experience: universal succession is the schema of causality
3.  psychol a mental model of aspects of the world or of the self that is structured in such a way as to facilitate the processes of cognition and perception
4.  logic an expression using metavariables that may be replaced by object language expressions to yield a well-formed formula. Thus A = A is an axiom schema for identity, representing the infinite number of axioms, x = x, y = y, z = z, etc
 
[C19: from Greek: form]

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schema sche·ma (skē'mə)
n. pl. sche·mas or sche·ma·ta (skē-mä'tə, skĭ-māt'ə)

  1. A diagrammatic representation; an outline or a model.

  2. A pattern imposed on complex reality or experience to assist in explaining it, mediate perception, or guide response.

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schema definition


1. database schema.
2. axiom schema.
3. XML schema.
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Example sentences
But more often those methods amount only to ways of filling up the screen or
  parts of the screen with fleshed-out schema.
College, then, matters not because it creates the social schema or stimulates
  the nation's economic fluidity.
He starts to draw up a schema showing which stories are best suited to which
  situations.
In this schema, debt-laden firms and consumers rush to repay loans as credit
  dries up.
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