AskDefine | Define schema

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1 an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world [syn: scheme]
2 a schematic or preliminary plan [syn: outline, scheme] [also: schemata (pl)]

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From schema, from etyl grc σχῆμα, from . Compare scheme.


  • a UK /skiːmə/


  1. An outline or image universally applicable to a general conception, under which it is likely to be presented to the mind.
  2. A formal description of the structure of a database: the names of the tables, the names of the columns of each table, and the type and other attributes of each column. (And similarly for the descriptive information of other database-like structures, such as XML files.)

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An outline or image universally applicable to a general conception
Formal description of the structure of a database


Extensive Definition

The word schema comes from the Greek word "σχήμα" (skhēma), which means shape or more generally plan. The Greek plural is "σχήματα" (skhēmata). In English, both schemas and schemata are used as plural form, although only the latter is correct.
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See also

schema in Danish: Skema
schema in German: schema
schema in French: schéma
schema in Korean: 스키마
schema in Latin: schema
schema in Dutch: schema
schema in Japanese: スキーマ

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