Definition of schematic in English:


Line breaks: sche|mat¦ic
Pronunciation: /skiːˈmatɪk
, skɪ-/


  • 1(Of a diagram or other representation) symbolic and simplified: schematic diagrams this concept is shown in schematic form in Figure 1
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    • The designs are quite schematic, even crude in their style of representation, and it is not always easy to decipher them.
    • Additional details on this method and a schematic representation of the experimental protocol are available in the online supplement.
    • On the reverse side of the box you can actually see a detailed schematic representation of the air flow inside the system case when the cooler is installed.
    simplified; diagrammatic, representational, illustrative, graphic, delineative; symbolic
  • 1.1(Of thought, ideas, etc.) simplistic or formulaic in character: Freeman constructs a highly schematic reading of the play
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    • This substantial conception of an object - the conception of a kind of object having a certain nature - can be contrasted with another kind of conception, which we could call the schematic idea of an object.
    • Any outline of this work must compress the author's variegated analysis into a thin catalogue of schematic impressions.
    • Correspondingly the book tends to develop a schematic interpretation of social conflict.


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  • (In technical contexts) a schematic diagram, in particular of an electric or electronic circuit: only a few manufacturers provide schematics with their gear
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    • He was working on deciphering ancient schematics and technical schematics.
    • By his bed on a little table lay an electronic pad containing the schematics for the Laser Defence Network which was currently in deployment around planet Liberty.
    • The walls were papered with graphs, equations, posters of graph, calculator schematics, and some diagrams I couldn't even make out.



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  • It schematically deploys a fictional framework to speculate on Toscanini's hatred of Mussolini and the latter's fascination with the conductor.
  • The chain of argument described schematically in the diagram below is this.
  • They work schematically to reach deep into areas of myth and the social condition formerly occupied by epic history painting.

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