from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture The capital of a column.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The 'capital' or uppermost part of a column, upon which the roof and its decorations are supported.
- n. A written summary of matters to be inquired of or presented before justices in eyre, or justices of assize, or of the peace, in their sessions; articles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A capital [Obs.] See chapital.
- n. A summary in writing of such matters as are to be inquired of or presented before justices in eyre, or justices of assize, or of the peace, in their sessions; -- also called articles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The upper part or capital of a column or pillar. See capital.
- n. In law: A summary of matters to be inquired of by, or presented before, justices in eyre, justices of assize, or justices of the peace. Articles delivered either orally or in writing by the justice to the inquest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
Middle English chapitre, chapter, chapiter; see chapter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English chapiter, from Old French chapitre (cognate with chapter). (Wiktionary)