[ skej-ool, -ool, -oo-uhl; British shed-yool, shej-ool ]SEE DEFINITION OF schedule
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The schedule of maximum rates applies to all Class "A" roads.

Forty miles an hour on schedule—and where would they be now?

She had no schedule, no routine, no rules either for herself or others.

It was up to the men of action to get them through within the schedule.

We're making out our schedule, and you don't know what you're missing!

We then, as you will see by the schedule, commence the first hour of the day.

You will observe then, that there follows upon the schedule, a quarter of an hour marked G.

The time for the recess is a quarter of an hour, and as you will see, it is marked R. on the schedule.

"I want the documents referred to in Schedule A," I answered.

But it was merely a short local hop from one of the planets on the schedule.


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.


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