General English

General Science

  • verb to make a plan of future activities


  • noun a timetable, a plan of how time should be spent, drawn up in advance
  • noun a list, especially a list forming an additional document attached to a contract
  • noun a list of interest rates


  • noun a printed or written list of items in the form of a table
  • verb to plan for a particular time or date


  • noun a form relating to a particular kind of income liable for UK income tax


  • noun details of the items covered by an insurance, sent with the policy
  • verb to plan the time when something will happen


  • noun the order in which tasks are to be done, or the order in which CPU time will be allocated to processes in a multi-user system
  • noun
    (written as Schedule+)
    a Microsoft Windows 95 software program that provides personal information management features, including a diary


  • A chronological itemization, often in chart form, of the sequence of project tasks. See also progress schedule.


  • A list. See tariff schedule.
  • A graph of a list of data; thus also a curve. See demand schedule.


  • To allocate time periods and/or resources. For example, to program a computer to perform a backup at a given, time, to place a print job in a queue, or to set a switch to open or close a circuit at stated intervals. Also, a list, chart, or other representation of that which is scheduled.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a written list of information, e.g. prices, conditions, dates and times
  • noun a detailed written programme of events and times
  • verb to include an activity in a plan or list


  • noun a list of details, often in the form of an appendix to a legal or legislative document

Media Studies

  • noun the planned order of programmes on a broadcasting station during one day or week
  • noun the planned order of activities when starting on a major project, e.g. filming
  • verb to decide which programmes should be shown at which times and in what order


  • noun a plan of things that need to be done and of when they should be done
  • noun an additional section of documents attached to a bill before parliament or to the agenda or minutes of a meeting, or to a contract

Origin & History of “schedule”

late Latin scedula meant ‘small piece of paper’. It was a diminutive form of Latin sceda ‘papyrus leaf, piece of paper, page’, itself a borrowing from Greek skhedē. By the time it reached English via Old French cedule it had moved on semantically to ‘small piece of paper with writing on it, used as a ticket or label’; and this subsequently developed through ‘supplementary sheet giving a summary, list of additional points, etc’ to any ‘list giving details of what has been arranged’. Until around 1800 the word was pronounced /sed-/; but then in Britain, apparently under French influence, it changed to /shed-/, while Americans reverted to the original Greek with /sked-/.