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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   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.
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   3. An organized branch of some society or fraternity as of
      the Freemasons. --Robertson.
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   4. A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
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   5. A chapter house. [R.] --Burrill.
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   6. A decretal epistle. --Ayliffe.
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   7. A location or compartment.
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            In his bosom! In what chapter of his bosom? --Shak.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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