Definition of schematic in US English:

schematic

adjective

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

    • ‘Landscape after War presents a schematic mountain range and seascape elegantly integrated into a flat brown, green and gray field.’
    • ‘Using a schematic drawing or developing a conceptual framework is another strategy that may be used to facilitate reporting the findings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The schematic diagrams explaining the principles of complex pieces of equipment are impressively clear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Figure 5 presents, in schematic form, the processes involved in encoding and retrieval of a list containing words drawn from several semantic categories.’
    • ‘The system can be used to display schematic diagrams of the aircraft's principal sub-systems.’
    • ‘I walk in and am amazed to see a nice interior with a schematic diagram for the place.’
    • ‘The designs are quite schematic, even crude in their style of representation, and it is not always easy to decipher them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even in his later work, when a human presence enters it is either grotesque, so schematic as to be without mood, or troubled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This does not exclude the possibility of a schematic representation which captures the commonality of the various uses.’
    • ‘Figure 3 is a schematic illustration of the suggested mechanisms responsible for eliciting an immune response resulting in acquired hemophilia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a relatively schematic presentation of the three levels, and in practice they are not neatly separated.’
    • ‘The Chinese government required that ground be broken after two months of schematic design, intensifying the need for speed and precision.’
    • ‘A second later, an image of a schematic diagram appeared.’
    • ‘Additional details on this method and a schematic representation of the experimental protocol are available in the online supplement.’
    • ‘Here is the first verse - this is just a schematic presentation of exactly the information provided by the musical notation above.’
    simplified
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    1. 1.1 (of thought, ideas, etc.) simplistic or formulaic in character, usually to an extent inappropriate to the complexities of the subject matter.
      ‘a highly schematic reading of the play’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Late pagan and early Christian art adapted classical models to easily recognizable images whose symbolic function was best served by schematic formulas.’
      • ‘But it's also the symmetry, the formalism, the idea of the schematic work.’
      • ‘Some rewrote nuisance doctrine in their effort to maintain the conceptual categories set by their culture's schematic environmental understandings.’
      • ‘The same goes for other schematic concepts such as vehicle, animal, tool, and fruit.’
      • ‘The book is highly schematic, structured by concept rather than story.’
      • ‘This can feel a little schematic offering only the ‘dominant idea’ of what each of these two sides were.’
      • ‘Although he abandoned the schematic interpretation, it is not clear what he puts in its place.’
      • ‘Rather than being schematic, it is telling a story through its characters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What my schematic reading of his memoir fails to indicate adequately is the beautiful luminosity of his descriptive writing.’
      • ‘Any outline of this work must compress the author's variegated analysis into a thin catalogue of schematic impressions.’
      • ‘Thus the degree of formality or informality, in a schematic sense, moves in a continuum (rather than constituting a discrete characteristic of the community).’
      • ‘The complexities that this schematic description suggests can only be appreciated by considering particular types of analysis.’
      • ‘In comparison with the improvisations, they are, as one might expect, more controlled, schematic and coordinated.’
      • ‘Thus, applications of the schematic principle are empirical even though the principle itself lacks empirical import.’
      • ‘We cannot form more than a schematic conception of what it is like.’
      • ‘Correspondingly the book tends to develop a schematic interpretation of social conflict.’
      • ‘His writings provided a schematic and prescriptive interpretation of Napoleonic operations, an approach well suited to West Point's engineering emphasis.’
      • ‘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.’
      simplistic, oversimplified, oversimple, formulaic, formularized, unimaginative
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noun

  • (in technical contexts) a schematic diagram, in particular of an electric or electronic circuit.

    • ‘The screen flicked from text listings to diagrams and schematics.’
    • ‘The book is replete with diagrams, tables, and schematics.’
    • ‘All deliverables - such as schematics, specifications, and requirement documents - produced during the project.’
    • ‘He also handed over some schematics on Soviet radar systems.’
    • ‘Diagrams, schematics, and photographs are well selected and well placed in the book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The walls were papered with graphs, equations, posters of graph, calculator schematics, and some diagrams I couldn't even make out.’
    • ‘The screen flashes and a diagram of the schematics of the spherical generator appear.’
    • ‘He was working on deciphering ancient schematics and technical schematics.’
    • ‘A development board and sample schematics of typical applications for the device are available.’
    • ‘It's just so close to the wall it looks on the schematic like they're double doors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The design will ‘provide partners with full schematics, layout, bill of materials, drivers and a design guide’, the chip maker said.’
    • ‘I think the quality of the text would be improved if some of the complicated wiring and electrical schematics included color.’
    • ‘He emphasises the uselessness of formulae, even while providing us with several very useful schematics illustrating common narrative techniques.’
    • ‘Then we can get Thompson and maybe the FBI's help to provide us with the maker and possible schematics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many come with original documentation that includes circuit schematics.’
    • ‘The Cosmonauts are busy studying schematics for Mir's repair.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

schematic

/skiˈmædɪk//skēˈmadik/