schema ˈskē-mə noun
1. a preliminary plan
2. a presentation that employs a diagram
3. an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world
The word schema has appeared in nine articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on July 21 in “Quarantine and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by David McGlynn:
In early May, a friend told me that he, too, had an old moped collecting dust in his garage. This one didn’t run either. He’d been looking for a chance to unload it. He even offered to drop it off at our house.
By now our garage was strewn with parts and tools and puddles of oil. Hayden quickly identified the parts the second moped needed and pirated them from his first project. He Googled the new moped’s electrical schema and followed the wires to make sure the connections were secure. He next disconnected the exhaust mount so he could remove the rear wheel and replace the tire.