1 plan, plot, design, programme, system, course (of action), schema, outline, exposition, projection, draft, method, technique, approach, game plan, scenario:
In my scheme, compensation would be dependent on productivity, merit, and length of service
2 pattern, arrangement, layout, design, diagram, blueprint, chart, map, drawing, schematic, disposition, order, organization, schema:
This alternative scheme shows the executive offices on the second floor
3 plot, plan, ploy, manoeuvre, strategy, stratagem, tactic, machination, subterfuge, trick, device, dodge, wile, ruse, intrigue, Colloq racket, game, move:
Ashton's scheme was to lure the security guards into the outer room, then lock them in.
4 plan, plot, devise, contrive, intrigue, organize, formulate, hatch, conspire, machinate, manoeuvre, connive, concoct, Colloq cook up:
Clifton had been scheming to get his revenge on them ever since the Manchester episode.