1. (n.) A combination of things connected and adjusted by design; a system.

2. (n.) A plan or theory something to be done; a design; a project; as, to form a scheme.

3. (n.) Any lineal or mathematical diagram; an outline.

4. (n.) A representation of the aspects of the celestial bodies for any moment or at a given event.

5. (v. t.) To make a scheme of; to plan; to design; to project; to plot.

6. (v. i.) To form a scheme or schemes.

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