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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 chap·ter /ˈʧæptɚ/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Chap·ter n.
 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.
 4. A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
 5. A chapter house. [R.]
 6. A decretal epistle.
 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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Chap·ter v. t.
 1. To divide into chapters, as a book.
 2. To correct; to bring to book, i. e., to demand chapter and verse. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and
           titled; "he read a chapter every night before falling
      2: 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
      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

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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