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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the main divisions of a relatively lengthy piece of writing, such as a book, that is usually numbered or titled.
  • n. A distinct period or sequence of events, as in history or a person's life: Steamboat travel opened a new chapter in America's exploration of the West.
  • n. A local branch of an organization, such as a club or fraternity: The Chicago chapter is admitting new members this year.
  • n. Ecclesiastical An assembly of the canons of a church or of the members of a religious residence.
  • n. Ecclesiastical The canons of a church or the members of a religious residence considered as a group.
  • n. A short scriptural passage read after the psalms in certain church services.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.
  • n. An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.
  • n. A sequence (of events), especially when presumed related and likely to continue.
  • v. To divide into chapters.
  • v. To put into a chapter.
  • v. To use administrative procedure to remove someone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A division of a book or treatise.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A community of canons or canonesses.
  • n. A bishop's council.
  • n. A business meeting of any religious community.
  • n. An organized branch of some society or fraternity as of the Freemasons.
  • n. A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
  • n. A chapter house.
  • n. A decretal epistle.
  • n. A location or compartment.
  • transitive v. To divide into chapters, as a book.
  • transitive v. To correct; to bring to book, i. e., to demand chapter and verse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring to book; tax with a fault; correct; censure.
  • To arrange or divide into chapters, as a literary composition.
  • n. A division or section, usually numbered, of a book or treatise: as, Genesis contains fifty chapters. Abbreviated c., ch., or chap.
  • n. The council of a bishop, consisting of the canons or prebends and other ecclesiastics attached to a collegiate or cathedral church, and presided over by a dean.
  • n. An assembly of the monks in a monastery, or of those in a province, or of the entire order.
  • n. The place in which the business of the chapter of a cathedral or monastery is conducted; a chapter-house.
  • n. A name given to the meetings of certain organized orders and societies: as, to hold a chapter of the Garter, or of the College of Arms.
  • n. A branch of some society or brotherhood, usually consisting of the members resident in one locality: as, the grand chapter of the royal order of Kilwinning; a chapter of a college fraternity.
  • n. A decretal epistle.
  • n. A place where delinquents receive discipline and correction.
  • n. A series of mishaps; a succession of mischances.
  • n. A division of the acts of Parliament of a single session.
  • n. Head; subject; category: as, to have much to say on some chapters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any distinct period in history or in a person's life
  • n. a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled
  • n. an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church
  • n. a local branch of some fraternity or association
  • n. a series of related events forming an episode

Etymologies

Middle English chaptre, variant of chapitre, chapter, chapiter, from Old French, alteration of chapitle, from Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English chapiter, from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum ("a chapter of a book, in Medieval Latin also a synod or council"), diminutive of caput ("a head"); see chapiter and capital, which are doublets of chapter. (Wiktionary)

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