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6 definitions found
 for chapter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     3. An organized branch of some society or fraternity as of
        the Freemasons. --Robertson.
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     4. A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
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     5. A chapter house. [R.] --Burrill.
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     6. A decretal epistle. --Ayliffe.
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     7. A location or compartment.
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              In his bosom! In what chapter of his bosom? --Shak.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chapter \Chap"ter\, v. t.
     1. To divide into chapters, as a book. --Fuller.
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     2. To correct; to bring to book, i. e., to demand chapter and
        verse. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  chapter
      n 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"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "chapter":
     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
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Chapter
     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.
     

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CHAPTER, eccl. law. A congregation of clergymen. Such an assembly is termed 
  capitulum, which signifies a little head it being a kind of head, not only 
  to govern the diocese in the vacation of the bishopric, but also for other 
  purposes. Co. Litt. 103. 
  
  

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