schedule


schedule

noun

  1. a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with reference to the sequence of and time allotted for each item or operation necessary to its completion: The schedule allows three weeks for this stage.
  2. a series of things to be done or of events to occur at or during a particular time or period: He always has a full schedule.
  3. a timetable.
  4. a written or printed statement of details, often in classified or tabular form, especially one forming an appendix or explanatory addition to another document.
  5. Obsolete. a written paper.

verb (used with object), sched·uled, sched·ul·ing.

  1. to make a schedule of or enter in a schedule.
  2. to plan for a certain date: to schedule publication for June.

noun

  1. a plan of procedure for a project, allotting the work to be done and the time for it
  2. a list of itemsa schedule of fixed prices
  3. a list of times, esp of arrivals and departures; timetable
  4. a list of tasks to be performed, esp within a set period
  5. law a list or inventory, usually supplementary to a contract, will, etc
  6. on schedule at the expected or planned time

verb (tr)

  1. to make a schedule of or place in a schedule
  2. to plan to occur at a certain time

n.late 14c., sedule, cedule “ticket, label, slip of paper with writing on it,” from Old French cedule (Modern French cédule), from Late Latin schedula “strip of paper” (in Medieval Latin also “a note, schedule”), diminutive of Latin scheda, scida “one of the strips forming a papyrus sheet,” from Greek skhida “splinter,” from stem of skhizein “to cleave, split” (see shed (v.)). Also from the Latin word are Spanish cédula, German Zettel. The notion is of slips of paper attached to a document as an appendix (a sense maintained in U.S. tax forms). The specific meaning “printed timetable” is first recorded 1863 in railway use. Modern spelling is a 15c. imitation of Latin, but pronunciation remained “sed-yul” for centuries afterward; the modern British pronunciation (“shed-yul”) is from French influence, while the U.S. pronunciation (“sked-yul”) is from the practice of Webster, based on the Greek original. v.“make a schedule of, 1855; include in a schedule, 1862; from schedule (n.). Related: Scheduled; scheduling. see on schedule.

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