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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A division of a book or treatise; as, Genesis contains fifty chapters. Hence the phrase, to the end of the chapter, that is, throughout; to the end.
2. In ecclesiastical polity, a society or community of clergymen, belonging to a cathedral or collegiate church.
3. A place where delinquents receive discipline and correction.
4. A decretal epistle.
CHAPTER, v.t. To tax; to correct.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled; "he read a chapter every night before falling asleep"
2: any distinct period in history or in a person's life; "the industrial revolution opened a new chapter in British history"; "the divorce was an ugly chapter in their relationship"
3: a local branch of some fraternity or association; "he joined the Atlanta chapter"
4: an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church
5: a series of related events forming an episode; "a chapter of disasters"

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English chapitre, from Anglo-French chapitre, chapitle, from Late Latin capitulum division of a book & Medieval Latin, meeting place of canons, from Latin, diminutive of capit-, caput head more at head Date: 13th century 1. a. a main division of a book b. something resembling a chapter in being a significant specified unit <a new chapter in my life> 2. a. a regular meeting of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church or of the members of a religious house b. the body of canons of a cathedral or collegiate church 3. a local branch of an organization

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a main division of a book. 2 a period of time (in a person's life, a nation's history, etc.). 3 a series or sequence (a chapter of misfortunes). 4 a the canons of a cathedral or other religious community or knightly order. b a meeting of these. 5 an Act of Parliament numbered as part of a session's proceedings. 6 US a local branch of a society. Phrases and idioms: chapter and verse an exact reference or authority. chapter house 1 a building used for the meetings of a chapter. 2 US the place where a college fraternity or sorority meets. Etymology: ME f. OF chapitre f. L capitulum dimin. of caput -itis head

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Chapter Chap"ter, v. t. 1. To divide into chapters, as a book. --Fuller. 2. To correct; to bring to book, i. e., to demand chapter and verse. [Obs.] --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Chapter Chap"ter, n. [OF. chapitre, F. chapitre, fr. L. capitulum, dim. of caput head, the chief person or thing, the principal division of a writing, chapter. See Chief, and cf, Chapiter.] 1. A division of a book or treatise; as, Genesis has fifty chapters. 2. (Eccl.) (a) An assembly of monks, or of the prebends and other clergymen connected with a cathedral, conventual, or collegiate church, or of a diocese, usually presided over by the dean. (b) A community of canons or canonesses. (c) A bishop's council. (d) A business meeting of any religious community. 3. An organized branch of some society or fraternity as of the Freemasons. --Robertson. 4. A meeting of certain organized societies or orders. 5. A chapter house. [R.] --Burrill. 6. A decretal epistle. --Ayliffe. 7. A location or compartment. In his bosom! In what chapter of his bosom? --Shak. Chapter head, or Chapter heading, that which stands at the head of a chapter, as a title. Chapter house, a house or room where a chapter meets, esp. a cathedral chapter. The chapter of accidents, chance. --Marryat.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(chapters) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A chapter is one of the parts that a book is divided into. Each chapter has a number, and sometimes a title. Chromium supplements were used successfully in the treatment of diabetes (see Chapter 4)... I took the title of this chapter from one of my favorite books. N-COUNT: also N num 2. A chapter in someone's life or in history is a period of time during which a major event or series of related events takes place. (WRITTEN) This had been a particularly difficult chapter in Lebanon's recent history. ...one of the most dramatic chapters of recent British politics. N-COUNT: supp N, oft N in n, adj N

Easton's Bible Dictionary

The several books of the Old and New Testaments were from an early time divided into chapters. The Pentateuch was divided by the ancient Hebrews into 54 _parshioth_ or sections, one of which was read in the synagogue every Sabbath day (Acts. 13:15). These sections were afterwards divided into 669 _sidrim_ or orders of unequal length. The Prophets were divided in somewhat the same manner into _haphtaroth_ or passages.

In the early Latin and Greek versions of the Bible, similar divisions of the several books were made. The New Testament books were also divided into portions of various lengths under different names, such as titles and heads or chapters.

In modern times this ancient example was imitated, and many attempts of the kind were made before the existing division into chapters was fixed. The Latin Bible published by Cardinal Hugo of St. Cher in A.D. 1240 is generally regarded as the first Bible that was divided into our present chapters, although it appears that some of the chapters were fixed as early as A.D. 1059. This division into chapters came gradually to be adopted in the published editions of the Hebrew, with some few variations, and of the Greek Scriptures, and hence of other versions.

Moby Thesaurus

Council of Nicaea, Council of Trent, Lateran Council, Vatican Council, affiliate, arm, article, back matter, basis, book, branch, branch office, burden, case, classis, clause, column, concern, conciliarism, conclave, conference, congregation, consistory, convention, convocation, diocesan conference, division, ecclesiastical council, ecumenical council, essence, fascicle, focus of attention, focus of interest, folio, front matter, gathering, gist, head, heading, installment, issue, living issue, livraison, local, lodge, main point, matter, matter in hand, meat, motif, motive, number, offshoot, organ, page, paragraph, parochial church council, parochial council, part, passage, phrase, plenary council, point, point at issue, point in question, post, presbytery, problem, question, rubric, section, sentence, serial, session, sheet, signature, subject, subject matter, subject of thought, substance, synod, text, theme, topic, verse, vestry, volume, wing


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