a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled
"he read a chapter every night before falling asleep"
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"
a local branch of some fraternity or association
"he joined the Atlanta chapter"
an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church
a series of related events forming an episode
"a chapter of disasters"
One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.
An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.
A sequence (of events), especially when presumed related and likely to continue.
chapter of accidents
To divide into chapters.
To put into a chapter.
To use administrative procedure to remove someone.
Origin: chapiter, from chapitre, from capitulum, diminutive of caput; see chapiter and capital, which are doublets of chapter.
a division of a book or treatise; as, Genesis has fifty chapters
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
a community of canons or canonesses
a bishop's council
a business meeting of any religious community
an organized branch of some society or fraternity as of the Freemasons
a meeting of certain organized societies or orders
a chapter house
a decretal epistle
a location or compartment
to divide into chapters, as a book
to correct; to bring to book, i. e., to demand chapter and verse
Origin: [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.]
Chapter designates certain corporate ecclesiastical bodies in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Nordic Lutheran churches. The word is said to be derived from the chapter of the rule book: it is a custom under the Rule of Saint Benedict that monks or nuns gather daily for a meeting to discuss monastery business, hear a sermon or lecture, or receive instructions from the abbot/abbess, and as the meeting begins with a reading of a chapter from the Rule, the meeting itself acquired the name "chapter", and the place where it is held, "chapter house" or "chapter room". The term was then extended to apply to other meetings. The term general chapter designates a monastic general assembly, usually of representatives from all of the monasteries of an order or congregation. The "Chapter of Mats" is the term for a similar meeting of representatives of various provinces and subgroups of the Franciscan family of communities. A "chapter of faults" is held regularly by many religious communities at which members are both corrected for infractions against the community's rule, or accuse themselves of their faults and ask for a penance to be prescribed.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
chap′tėr, n. a main division of a book, or of anything: a subject or category generally: an assembly of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church, or the members of a religious or military order: an organised branch of some society or fraternity.—v.t. to put into chapters: to take to task.—n. Chap′ter-house.—Chapter-and-verse, the exact reference to the passage of the authority for one's statements.—The chapter of accidents, the catalogue of unforeseen events.—To the end of the chapter, throughout the whole subject. [O. Fr. chapitre—L. capitulum, dim. of caput, the head. From the practice of reading to the assembled canons or monks a capitulum or chapter of their rule, or of the Scriptures, the men themselves came to be called in a body the capitulum or chapter, and their meeting-place the chapter-house.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'chapter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #613
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Rank popularity for the word 'chapter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2117
Rank popularity for the word 'chapter' in Nouns Frequency: #227
The numerical value of chapter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of chapter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- فصل, بابArabic
- раздзел, главаBelarusian
- divisió, capítolCatalan, Valencian
- Abschnitt, Sektion, Kapitel, Verband, OrtsverbandGerman
- capítulo, sedeSpanish
- فصل, فرگردPersian
- branche, chapitre, sectionFrench
- caibideilScottish Gaelic
- fejezet, káptalanHungarian
- 章, 장Korean
- глава, поглавјеMacedonian
- divisão, capítuloPortuguese
- филиал, глава, отделениеRussian
- glava, глава, одјељење, podružnica, подружница, поглавље, одељење, odeljenje, odjeljenje, poglavljeSerbo-Croatian
- hlava, kapitola, odsekSlovak
- kapitel, avdelningSwedish
- розділ, главаUkrainian
- chương, 章Vietnamese
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