- a main division of a book, treatise, or the like, usually bearing a number or title.
- a branch, usually restricted to a given locality, of a society, organization, fraternity, etc.: the Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross.
- an important portion or division of anything: The atomic bomb opened a new chapter in history.
- an assembly of the monks in a monastery, of those in a province, or of the entire order.
- a general assembly of the canons of a church.
- a meeting of the elected representatives of the provinces or houses of a religious community.
- the body of such canons or representatives collectively.
- any general assembly.
- Liturgy. a short scriptural quotation read at various parts of the office, as after the last psalm in the service of lauds, prime, tierce, etc.
- Horology. any of the marks or numerals designating the hours on a dial.
- to divide into or arrange in chapters.
Origin of chapter
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or Chapter Eleven, Chapter XI
- a section of the Bankruptcy Code that provides for the reorganization of an insolvent corporation under court supervision and can establish a schedule for the payment of debts and, in some cases, a new corporation that can continue to do business.
Examples from the Web for chapter
Enforcement of U.S Code, Title VII, Chapter 25A “Export Standards for Grapes and Plums” remains fully funded, thank goodness.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
The thaw between Washington and Cuba finally begins to close a chapter of the Cold War.Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia?
December 18, 2014
Take for instance this chapter on John Coltrane from Hentoff's wonderful book, Jazz Is.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
Or so the chapter titles formally name him, in a nod, perhaps, to his pained formality.A Different Kind of Vietnam Story
October 9, 2014
Clooney is clearly thinking about the chapter marked "post-heartthrob," not that he's exactly losing his looks.Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
The book in which he did so is not named in the chapter just quoted, but in Numb.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
The description of Ranelagh (in the chapter on Music) is too lengthy to reproduce.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Then he read a chapter in Plutarch about Alexander the Great.The Boy Life of Napoleon
They are good words to end a chapter with—hot corn with pepper and butter on it.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Last of all came the Chapter of our Lady's Church, with all their clergy, scholars, and treasurers.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- a division of a written work, esp a narrative, usually titled or numbered
- a sequence of events having a common attributea chapter of disasters
- chapter of accidents
- a series of misfortunes
- the unforeseeable course of events
- an episode or period in a life, history, etc
- a numbered reference to that part of a Parliamentary session which relates to a specified Act of Parliament
- a branch of some societies, clubs, etc, esp of a secret society
- the collective body or a meeting of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church or of the members of a monastic or knightly orderRelated adjective: capitular
- a general assembly of some organization
- chapter and verse exact authority for an action or statement
- (tr) to divide into chapters
- US the statute regarding the reorganization of a failing business empowering a court to allow the debtors to remain in control of the business to attempt to save itthey are in chapter 11
Word Origin and History for chapter
c.1200, "main division of a book," from Old French chapitre (12c.) "chapter (of a book), article (of a treaty), chapter (of a cathedral)," alteration of chapitle, from Late Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Sense of "local branch" (1815) is from cathedral sense (late 15c.), which seems to trace to convocations of canons at cathedral churches, during which the rules of the order by chapter, or a chapter (capitulum) of Scripture, were read aloud to the assembled. Chapter and verse "in full and thoroughly" (1620s) is a reference to Scripture.