• WordNet 3.6
    • n chapter a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled "he read a chapter every night before falling asleep"
    • n chapter a series of related events forming an episode "a chapter of disasters"
    • n chapter a local branch of some fraternity or association "he joined the Atlanta chapter"
    • n chapter an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church
    • n chapter 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses
    • Chapter (Eccl) A bishop's council.
    • Chapter (Eccl) A business meeting of any religious community.
    • Chapter A chapter house.
    • Chapter (Eccl) A community of canons or canonesses.
    • Chapter A decretal epistle.
    • Chapter A division of a book or treatise; as, Genesis has fifty chapters .
    • Chapter A location or compartment. "In his bosom! In what chapter of his bosom?"
    • Chapter A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
    • Chapter (Eccl) 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.
    • Chapter An organized branch of some society or fraternity as of the Freemasons.
    • Chapter To correct; to bring to book, i. e., to demand chapter and verse.
    • Chapter To divide into chapters, as a book.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Although the Pony Express was one of the most famous chapters in U.S. history, it only lasted one year, from 1860-61.
    • n chapter A division or section, usually numbered, of a book or treatise: as, Genesis contains fifty chapters. Abbreviated c., ch., or chap.
    • n chapter 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 chapter An assembly of the monks in a monastery, or of those in a province, or of the entire order.
    • n chapter The place in which the business of the chapter of a cathedral or monastery is conducted; a chapter-house.
    • n chapter 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 chapter 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 chapter A decretal epistle.
    • n chapter A place where delinquents receive discipline and correction.
    • n chapter A series of mishaps; a succession of mischances.
    • chapter To bring to book; tax with a fault; correct; censure.
    • chapter To arrange or divide into chapters, as a literary composition.
    • n chapter A division of the acts of Parliament of a single session.
    • n chapter Head; subject; category: as, to have much to say on some chapters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 1189 chapters in the Bible: 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 chapters in the New Testament.
    • n Chapter chap′tėr 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 Chapter to put into chapters: to take to task
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.”
  • Ellery Sedgwick
    Ellery Sedgwick
    “Autobiographies ought to begin with Chapter Two.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    “You will, I am sure, agree with me that... if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter, the length of the first one must have been really intolerable.”
  • John Donne
    “When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”
  • Carol Shields
    Carol Shields
    “There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.”


Chapter and verse - When you know something very well, and can quote it, you know it chapter and verse.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Volume 1, Chapter II.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
Book 1, Chapter XIII.
"The Sapphire Cross" by George Manville Fenn
Volume 1, Chapter II.
"Thereby Hangs a Tale" by George Manville Fenn
Even this also, as will be fully shown by the Apostle in a subsequent chapter, is contained in His priesthood.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
I intend to enlarge upon this chapter before going further.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
The origin of the British fauna will be discussed more in detail in the third chapter.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
Wells: the moated palace of the bishops; the vicar's close; the chapter-house staircase.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
This chapter supplements the last.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
It is to be found in the third book of the Extravagantes, Chapter I.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
The sequel, however, will appear more fully in the next chapter.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott

In poetry:

Promptly to glide along the brooks of lines,
To enter into straits of chapters, slow,
To watch a foam on the flows’ spines,
And listen to a tide’s increasing roar!
"Reader Of Books" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Whene'er they dine; nay, ev'ry time they eat,
By one of them be there a chapter read;
That the poor soul may have its proper meat
And due repast, whene'er the body's fed.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
Thus at the ringing gates of heaven's glory
Begin new chapters of our island-story,
And clarion voices of the void declare:
"She who has ruled the sea shall rule the air."
"Command of the Air" by Anonymous British
Each night and morn, unto thy menial train,
A chapter from the holy Bible read;
Make them repeat it, if they can, again —
Make them such lives, as it has taught them, lead.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
And sad "Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher,"—
Has he not stamped the image on my soul,
In that last chapter, where the worn-out Teacher
Sighs o'er the loosened cord, the broken bowl?
"The Iron Gate" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
O Countrymen! I see the coming days
When he, above all hinderances and lets
Shall stand in Epic form, lit by the rays
Of Fame's eternal sun that never sets,
The first great chapter of his life is made,
And spoken in two words--"Mahone's Brigade."
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope

In news:

In election year, county chapter proves to be useful tool for voters.
Jeff Tanaguchi, a member of the Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council and the president of the High Desert Anglers chapter of Trout Unlimited, said the project area is ideal for the reintroduction of Colorado River cutthroats .
Give it a try — the first three chapters are available on the Harper website.
Chapter 25 and Chapter 26The middle of Chapter 25 announces: "This is the story of Isaac".
Epsilon Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold its 56th Annual Debutante Pageant on Saturday, Jan 30 at 7 pm at the Dillard Middle School Gymnasium.
Members of Lynn Camp's DECA chapter Photo Submitted.
Members of Lynn Camp's DECA chapter were all winners at their regional competition held Jan 25 at the University of Kentucky student center.
Taylor County DECA Chapter hosted a Christmas party for Head Start children on Dec 17.
Another chapter in the sporting swine saga has been written.
The Deep South chapter was chartered in 1976 and is still going strong.
Chapter 7 – Nondischargeable Debt – Fraud Or Defalcation .
West Water Street Developers File for Chapter 11 on the Defunct Condo Property.
Just a week after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Comprehensive Community Solutions (CCS), the nonprofit parent of YouthBuild Rockford, was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the US Department of Labor .
C 2012 Religion News Service HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) The director of the Pennsylvania chapter of American Atheists says he will desecrate the Quran if the state House of Representatives doesn't drop a "Year of Religious Diversity" resolution.
Go to the First Chapter of The Death of Hitler.

In science:

For the definition of freeness in (A, ϕ), we refer to , Chapter 2.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
A more detailed introduction to this sub ject may be found in Chapter 3 of Diaconis (1988).
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Other methods described in Section 8.2 of Serre (1977) and in Chapter V of Simon (1996) could be used in the special case when G is abelian.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
As noted in the proof of Theorem 5 in Section D of Chapter 3 of Diaconis (1988), to every representation (λj ) there corresponds a conjugate representation (λ′j ) such that r(λj ) = −r(λ′j ).
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Grain survival is another, uncertain, chapter of the complex story of dust enrichment of the ISM.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View