Definition of schematic in English:



  • 1(of a diagram or other representation) symbolic and simplified.

    ‘schematic diagrams’
    ‘this concept is shown in schematic form in Figure 1’
    • ‘If one reviews the technical specification and schematic diagrams of the basic tape drive and media technology, he'll find that tape uses the best of the magnetic storage technologies.’
    • ‘I walk in and am amazed to see a nice interior with a schematic diagram for the place.’
    • ‘Here is the first verse - this is just a schematic presentation of exactly the information provided by the musical notation above.’
    • ‘I don't want to suggest that your music is schematic, but I'm wondering if this reflects a compositional practice for you, the notion of setting up a situation of imbalance and composing out the asymmetry.’
    • ‘The system can be used to display schematic diagrams of the aircraft's principal sub-systems.’
    • ‘The schematic map system is claimed to help the tourist to reach even the most remote destinations in the country and enjoy the place without the help of a local guide.’
    • ‘Even in his later work, when a human presence enters it is either grotesque, so schematic as to be without mood, or troubled.’
    • ‘Additional details on this method and a schematic representation of the experimental protocol are available in the online supplement.’
    • ‘The schematic diagrams explaining the principles of complex pieces of equipment are impressively clear.’
    • ‘Figure 5 presents, in schematic form, the processes involved in encoding and retrieval of a list containing words drawn from several semantic categories.’
    • ‘Using a schematic drawing or developing a conceptual framework is another strategy that may be used to facilitate reporting the findings.’
    • ‘This is a relatively schematic presentation of the three levels, and in practice they are not neatly separated.’
    • ‘The spiral decorations, individually and in pairs joined by a loop, and the schematic lizard on the opposite side of the bell, suggest a Cross River origin.’
    • ‘Figure 3 is a schematic illustration of the suggested mechanisms responsible for eliciting an immune response resulting in acquired hemophilia.’
    • ‘A second later, an image of a schematic diagram appeared.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Chinese government required that ground be broken after two months of schematic design, intensifying the need for speed and precision.’
    • ‘This does not exclude the possibility of a schematic representation which captures the commonality of the various uses.’
    • ‘The designs are quite schematic, even crude in their style of representation, and it is not always easy to decipher them.’
    • ‘Landscape after War presents a schematic mountain range and seascape elegantly integrated into a flat brown, green and gray field.’
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    1. 1.1(of thought, ideas, etc.) simplistic or formulaic in character.
      ‘Freeman constructs a highly schematic reading of the play’
      • ‘In comparison with the improvisations, they are, as one might expect, more controlled, schematic and coordinated.’
      • ‘Rather than being schematic, it is telling a story through its characters.’
      • ‘The same goes for other schematic concepts such as vehicle, animal, tool, and fruit.’
      • ‘Thus, applications of the schematic principle are empirical even though the principle itself lacks empirical import.’
      • ‘Any outline of this work must compress the author's variegated analysis into a thin catalogue of schematic impressions.’
      • ‘His writings provided a schematic and prescriptive interpretation of Napoleonic operations, an approach well suited to West Point's engineering emphasis.’
      • ‘But it's also the symmetry, the formalism, the idea of the schematic work.’
      • ‘In my judgment, it would require a very schematic reading of the Secretary of State's decisions to conclude that he had not considered all matters cumulatively in order to satisfy himself that there were not exceptional circumstances.’
      • ‘Late pagan and early Christian art adapted classical models to easily recognizable images whose symbolic function was best served by schematic formulas.’
      • ‘In the Talmud, and again in Maimonides, he would have seen an obsessive love of moral detail - a minute examination of human passion and action, combined with a suspicion of the schematic morality of abstract principle.’
      • ‘We cannot form more than a schematic conception of what it is like.’
      • ‘Thus the degree of formality or informality, in a schematic sense, moves in a continuum (rather than constituting a discrete characteristic of the community).’
      • ‘This can feel a little schematic offering only the ‘dominant idea’ of what each of these two sides were.’
      • ‘Correspondingly the book tends to develop a schematic interpretation of social conflict.’
      • ‘The book is highly schematic, structured by concept rather than story.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What my schematic reading of his memoir fails to indicate adequately is the beautiful luminosity of his descriptive writing.’
      • ‘The complexities that this schematic description suggests can only be appreciated by considering particular types of analysis.’
      • ‘Although he abandoned the schematic interpretation, it is not clear what he puts in its place.’
      • ‘Some rewrote nuisance doctrine in their effort to maintain the conceptual categories set by their culture's schematic environmental understandings.’
      simplistic, oversimplified, oversimple, formulaic, formularized, unimaginative
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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’
    • ‘Many come with original documentation that includes circuit schematics.’
    • ‘The Cosmonauts are busy studying schematics for Mir's repair.’
    • ‘The walls were papered with graphs, equations, posters of graph, calculator schematics, and some diagrams I couldn't even make out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had all of the schematics for the Olympian Tower and could easily hack into each and every one of their computer systems: database, security systems.’
    • ‘In a day's work, I retrieved the building's schematics and was able to gather information on the routines of security guards and cleaning personnel.’
    • ‘A development board and sample schematics of typical applications for the device are available.’
    • ‘He was working on deciphering ancient schematics and technical schematics.’
    • ‘The design will ‘provide partners with full schematics, layout, bill of materials, drivers and a design guide’, the chip maker said.’
    • ‘He emphasises the uselessness of formulae, even while providing us with several very useful schematics illustrating common narrative techniques.’
    • ‘It's just so close to the wall it looks on the schematic like they're double doors.’
    • ‘Then we can get Thompson and maybe the FBI's help to provide us with the maker and possible schematics.’
    • ‘It further implies that schematics, which outline the specific locations and breakdowns of these critical nodes, are available either for free or for a small fee.’
    • ‘All deliverables - such as schematics, specifications, and requirement documents - produced during the project.’
    • ‘The screen flicked from text listings to diagrams and schematics.’
    • ‘He also handed over some schematics on Soviet radar systems.’
    • ‘I think the quality of the text would be improved if some of the complicated wiring and electrical schematics included color.’
    • ‘The book is replete with diagrams, tables, and schematics.’
    • ‘The screen flashes and a diagram of the schematics of the spherical generator appear.’
    • ‘Diagrams, schematics, and photographs are well selected and well placed in the book.’