Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, late 18th century
A representation of a plan or theory in the form of an outline or model.
Examples of Schema in a sentence
"The business plan for the next five years was clearly laid out in the one-page schema."
"The football coach used the half-time break to draw out a schema of some new plays for the team."
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“Schema” is adapted from the Greek “σχῆμα” or “skhēma,” meaning “form” or “figure.”
Did you Know?
In education, “schema” and the plural “schemata” refer to the basic ideas of how things are and how they might be organized. For example, a child who lives in a row-house with a flat roof might initially believe “a home” is any other row-house with a flat roof. As the child learns about the world, they might encounter detached homes, houses with angled roofs, mobile homes, and apartments. The child’s schema, or understanding, of what “a home” represents, grows wider and more detailed. The schema of what “a home” means does not go away, but gathers nuance as the child learns.