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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chapter  \Chap"ter\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  divide  into  chapters,  as  a  book.  --Fuller. 
 
  2.  To  correct;  to  bring  to  book,  i.  e.,  to  demand  chapter  and 
  verse.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chapter  \Chap"ter\,  n.  [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}.] 
  1.  A  division  of  a  book  or  treatise;  as  Genesis  has  fifty 
  chapters. 
 
  2.  (Eccl.) 
  a  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. 
  b  A  community  of  canons  or  canonesses 
  c  A  bishop's  council. 
  d  A  business  meeting  of  any  religious  community. 
 
  3.  An  organized  branch  of  some  society  or  fraternity  as  of 
  the  Freemasons.  --Robertson. 
 
  4.  A  meeting  of  certain  organized  societies  or  orders 
 
  5.  A  chapter  house.  [R.]  --Burrill. 
 
  6.  A  decretal  epistle.  --Ayliffe. 
 
  7.  A  location  or  compartment. 
 
  In  his  bosom!  In  what  chapter  of  his  bosom?  --Shak. 
 
  {Chapter  head},  or  {Chapter  heading},  that  which  stands  at 
  the  head  of  a  chapter,  as  a  title. 
 
  {Chapter  house},  a  house  or  room  where  a  chapter  meets,  esp. 
  a  cathedral  chapter. 
 
  {The  chapter  of  accidents},  chance.  --Marryat. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chapter 
  n  1:  a  subdivision  of  a  written  work  usually  numbered  and 
  titled;  "he  read  a  chapter  every  night  before  falling 
  asleep" 
  2:  a  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" 
  3:  a  local  branch  of  some  fraternity  or  association;  "he  joined 
  the  Atlanta  chapter" 
  4:  an  ecclesiastical  assembly  of  the  monks  in  a  monastery  or 
  even  of  the  canons  of  a  church 
  5:  a  series  of  related  events  forming  an  episode;  "a  chapter  of 
  disasters" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Chapter 
  The  several  books  of  the  Old  and  New  Testaments  were  from  an 
  early  time  divided  into  chapters.  The  Pentateuch  was  divided  by 
  the  ancient  Hebrews  into  54  _parshioth_  or  sections,  one  of 
  which  was  read  in  the  synagogue  every  Sabbath  day  (Acts.  13:15). 
  These  sections  were  afterwards  divided  into  669  _sidrim_  or 
  orders  of  unequal  length.  The  Prophets  were  divided  in  somewhat 
  the  same  manner  into  _haphtaroth_  or  passages. 
 
  In  the  early  Latin  and  Greek  versions  of  the  Bible,  similar 
  divisions  of  the  several  books  were  made  The  New  Testament 
  books  were  also  divided  into  portions  of  various  lengths  under 
  different  names  such  as  titles  and  heads  or  chapters. 
 
  In  modern  times  this  ancient  example  was  imitated,  and  many 
  attempts  of  the  kind  were  made  before  the  existing  division  into 
  chapters  was  fixed.  The  Latin  Bible  published  by  Cardinal  Hugo 
  of  St  Cher  in  A.D.  1240  is  generally  regarded  as  the  first 
  Bible  that  was  divided  into  our  present  chapters,  although  it 
  appears  that  some  of  the  chapters  were  fixed  as  early  as  A.D. 
  1059.  This  division  into  chapters  came  gradually  to  be  adopted 
  in  the  published  editions  of  the  Hebrew,  with  some  few 
  variations,  and  of  the  Greek  Scriptures,  and  hence  of  other 
  versions. 
 




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