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chapter1

Line breaks: chap|ter
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃaptə
 
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noun

1A main division of a book, typically with a number or title: we will deal with this in chapter eleven
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  • If the story evolves into a book, the chapters will have titles.
  • Rather than building up the connection behind the idea in the title, the ten chapters in this book dwell with secondary hypotheses whose arguments are haphazardly repeated.
  • The three main chapters of the book were first given in 2000 as part of a Columbia University lecture series on American culture.
Synonyms
1.1An Act of Parliament numbered as part of a session’s proceedings.
Example sentences
  • Each volume contains the acts of the year arranged by chapter number.
  • The standard method of referencing an Act of Parliament is by its short title, which includes the year followed by the chapter number in brackets.
1.2A section of a treaty: a majority voted for the inclusion of the social chapter in the treaty
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  • Labour is a trade union party so it was taken for granted it would fully implement the social chapter of the Maastricht Treaty.
  • The social chapter of the Maastricht treaty deserved support on its own merits.
  • The special minority chapters in these peace treaties contained what became known as the guarantee clause.
2A distinctive period in history or in a person’s life: the people are about to begin a new chapter in their history
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  • They might be able to consign the civil war to a tragic chapter of history.
  • The story of Mexican lynching is not a footnote in history but rather a critical chapter in the history of Anglo western expansion and conquest.
  • Last year marked a new chapter in the history of information security.
Synonyms
period, time, phase, page, stage, episode, epoch, era
2.1A series or sequence: the latest episode in a chapter of problems
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  • Yesterday brought us a chapter of disasters.
  • It is the latest in a chapter of accidents since the defending champions arrived in France over a month ago.
  • ‘It’s been a chapter of adventures,’ he said.
3The governing body of a religious community or knightly order: land granted by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral
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  • One of the more controversial parts of the new church order is the decision to give Parish Councils, not the cathedral chapters, the power to hire clergy.
  • Most northern chapters of the chivalric orders had salles like this one, and the weather raging outside the thick walls reminded Charrow of why that was.
  • In 1304 he was present at the general chapter of the Dominican order held at Toulouse.
Synonyms
governing body, council, assembly, convocation, convention, synod, consistory
4chiefly North American A local branch of a society: a leaflet was issued by the local chapter of the American Cancer Society
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  • My mother covered him with blankets, and a neighbor phoned the local chapter of the Humane Society for help.
  • Many of our California Delegates represent our local chapters, and work with the state association to give us a greater presence in these elections.
  • He serves as president of the local chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and he is a licensed commercial pilot.
Synonyms
branch, division, subdivision, section, department, bureau, agency, lodge, wing, arm, offshoot, subsidiary, satellite
4.1A local group of Hell’s Angels.
Example sentences
  • He plays about 250 shows a year for audiences that run the gamut from Bible societies to Hell's Angels chapters.
  • She was also the president of a female chapter of the Hell's Angels bikers club.
  • There are now nearly 600 Hell's Angels in 34 chapters across the country.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput 'head'.

Phrases

chapter and verse

1
An exact reference or authority: she can give chapter and verse on current legislation
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  • Crossing the Line is a real eye opener, with the author providing chapter and verse on the personalities in the sport, both human and equine, and the way trainers, jockeys and owners can and do bend the rules.
  • Plenty of tourists or visitors will not know the exact titles of the attractions they are looking for, and why should they know chapter and verse?
  • Ask a Scotsman, Irishman or Welshman about their patron saint and the odds are they will give you chapter and verse - along with an exaggerated story about what they did on the last St Andrew's, St Patrick's or St David's Day.

a chapter of accidents

2
British A series of unfortunate events: the whole affair has been a chapter of accidents from start to finish
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  • ‘The life of each of us is a chapter of accidents,’ Gray claims, and we are no less predisposed to genocide than we are to art, medicine or prayer.
  • Scorched, soaked and scavenged, Robinson's paintings are a testimony to modern life as a chapter of accidents, where menace mingles with grief, and aggression with abjection.
  • In what was described as a chapter of accidents, firemen had to break office windows to gain access to three Land Rovers at the terminal.
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Chapter 112

Line breaks: Chap|ter 11

noun

[mass noun] US
Protection from creditors given to a company in financial difficulties for a limited period to allow it to reorganize: it was the fourth airline to go into Chapter 11 since December
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  • Often companies wait too long to file for Chapter 11, because most managers see it as a failure.
  • But worries about the high cost of bankruptcy have kept some companies out of Chapter 11.
  • A few months later, it filed for Chapter 11 and moved its base of operations to Colorado.

Origin

with allusion to chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code.

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Chapter 133

Syllabification: Chap·ter 13

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noun

Protection from creditors granted to individuals who legally file for bankruptcy, providing for repayment of debts by a court-approved plan.

Origin

with allusion to Chapter 13 of the US bankruptcy code.

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Chapter 74

Syllabification: Chap·ter 7

Entry from US English dictionary

noun

Protection from creditors granted to individuals or companies who legally file for bankruptcy, providing for liquidation of certain assets to pay debts.

Origin

with allusion to Chapter 7 of the US bankruptcy code.

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