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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capital, chapiter, capnoun

    the upper part of a column that supports the entablature


  1. chapiternoun

    The 'capital' or uppermost part of a column, upon which the roof and its decorations are supported.

  2. Etymology: chapiter, from chapitre (cognate with chapter).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chapiternoun

    The upper part or capital of a pillar.

    Etymology: chapiteau, Fr.

    He overlaid your chapiters and your fillets with gold. Exodus, xxxvi. 38.


  1. chapiter

    In architecture the capital (from the Latin caput, or "head") or chapiter forms the topmost member of a column (or a pilaster). It mediates between the column and the load thrusting down upon it, broadening the area of the column's supporting surface. The capital, projecting on each side as it rises to support the abacus, joins the usually square abacus and the usually circular shaft of the column. The capital may be convex, as in the Doric order; concave, as in the inverted bell of the Corinthian order; or scrolling out, as in the Ionic order. These form the three principal types on which all capitals in the classical tradition are based. The Composite order established in the 16th century on a hint from the Arch of Titus, adds Ionic volutes to Corinthian acanthus leaves. From the highly visible position it occupies in all colonnaded monumental buildings, the capital is often selected for ornamentation; and is often the clearest indicator of the architectural order. The treatment of its detail may be an indication of the building's date.


  1. chapiter

    A chapiter is a reference to a capital at the top of a column or pillar in architecture. It also refers to a chapter in a book or piece of literature, primarily in older or more traditional works.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chapiternoun

    a capital [Obs.] See Chapital

  2. Chapiternoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [OF. chapitel, F. chapiteau, from L. capitellum, dim. of caput head. Cf. Capital, Chapter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chapiter

    chap′i-tėr, n. the head or capital of a column. [Fr. chapitel—Low L. capitellum, dim. of L. caput, the head.]

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  1. patchier

  2. phreatic

  3. pie chart

  4. piechart

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chapiter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chapiter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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