- (authorship) One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.
Detective novel writers try to keep up the suspense until the last chapter.
At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy ; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
- Certain ecclesiastical bodies (under canon law)
- 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 section of a social body.
- An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.
- An organized branch of some society or fraternity, such as the Freemasons.
1862, The Freemasons' Monthly Magazine
If the By-Law which admits honorary members is silent upon their rights, they may perhaps be determined by a consideration of which of these classes was intended by the Chapter in admitting them
- A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
- A chapter house.
- A sequence (of events), especially when presumed related and likely to continue.
- 1866, Wilkie Collins, Armadale, Book the Last, Chapter I,
"You know that Mr. Armadale is alive," pursued the doctor, "and you know that he is coming back to England. Why do you continue to wear your widow's dress?" ¶ She answered him without an instant's hesitation, steadily going on with her work. ¶ "Because I am of a sanguine disposition, like you. I mean to trust to the chapter of accidents to the very last. Mr. Armadale may die yet, on his way home."
- 1911, Bram Stoker, chapter 26, in The Lair of the White Worm:
[…] she determined to go on slowly towards Castra Regis, and trust to the chapter of accidents to pick up the trail again.
- A decretal epistle.
- (obsolete) A location or compartment.
, William Shakespeare
, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill
”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio
), London: […] Isaac Iaggard
, and Ed[ward] Blount
, published 1623, OCLC 606515358
, [Act I, scene v]:
In his bosom! In what chapter of his bosom?
Terms derived from chapter (noun)
Terms etymologically related to chapter
section in a book
- Kyrgyz: тароо (ky)(taroo), глава (ky)(glava)
- Lao: ບົດ (bot)
- Latin: caput (la) n, capitulum n (Late)
- Latvian: nodaļa f
- Lithuanian: skyrius (lt) m
- Macedonian: глава (mk) f (glava), поглавје n (poglavje)
- Malay: bab (ms)
- Malayalam: അദ്ധ്യായം (ml)(addhyāyaṃ)
- Mongolian: please add this translation if you can
- Old English: capitol m, hēafodweard f
- Persian: فصل (fa)(fasl), فرگرد (fa)(fargard), باب (fa)(bâb)
- Polish: rozdział (pl) m
- Portuguese: capítulo (pt) m
- Romanian: capitol (ro) n
- Russian: глава́ (ru) f(glavá), разде́л (ru) m(razdél)
- Sanskrit: अध्याय (sa) m(adhyāya), काण्ड (sa) m (kāṇḍa)
- Scottish Gaelic: caibideil m or f
- Slovak: kapitola f, hlava (sk) f, odsek m
- Slovene: poglavje (sl) n
- Spanish: capítulo (es) m
- Swahili: sura (sw)
- Swedish: kapitel (sv) n
- Tagalog: kabanata
- Tajik: боб (bob), фасл (tg) (fasl)
- Telugu: ప్రకరణము (te)(prakaraṇamu)
- Thai: บท (th) (bòt)
- Tocharian B: sargga
- Turkish: bölüm (tr)
- Turkmen: bap (tk)
- Ukrainian: глава́ (uk) f (hlavá), ро́зділ m (rózdil)
- Urdu: باب (bāb)
- Uyghur: باب (bab)
- Uzbek: bob (uz), fasl (uz)
- Vietnamese: chương (vi) (章)
- Walloon: tchaptrê (wa) m, tchapite (wa) m
- Yiddish: קאַפּיטל m or n (kapitl)
an administrative division of an organization
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- To divide into chapters.
- To put into a chapter.
- (military, with "out") To use administrative procedure to remove someone.
- 2001, John Palmer Hawkins, Army of Hope, Army of Alienation: Culture and Contradiction in the American Army Communities of Cold War Germany, page 117:
If you're a single parent [soldier] and you can't find someone to take care of your children, they will chapter you out [administrative elimination from the service]. And yet if you use someone not certified, they get mad.
- 2006, Thomas R. Schombert, Diaries of a Soldier: Nightmares from Within, page 100:
"He also wanted me to give you a message. He said that if you don't get your shit ready for this deployment, then he will chapter you out of his freakin' army."
- (transitive) To take to task.