• WordNet 3.6
    • n chapiter the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chapiter (Arch) A capital Obs See Chapital.
    • Chapiter (Old Eng. Law) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chapiter The upper part or capital of a column or pillar. See capital.
    • n chapiter 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chapiter chap′i-tėr the head or capital of a column.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chapitel, F. chapiteau, from L. capitellum, dim. of caput, head. Cf. Capital Chapter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chapitel—Low L. capitellum, dim. of L. caput, the head.


In literature:

They were; with two large chapiters, one on each.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
They were adorned with two chapiters, five cubits each.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
The sockets were buried in the sand, and the hooks and chapiters were above.
"Notes on the book of Exodus" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh