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chapter

1. a numbered reference to that part of a Parliamentary session which relates to a specified Act of Parliament
2. the collective body or a meeting of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church or of the members of a monastic or knightly order
3. a general assembly of some organization

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(1) In the Catholic and Anglican churches, the college of canons of the cathedral, making up a council working under the bishop to govern the diocese, or eparchy. Upon the death of the bishop, the diocese is governed by individuals who have been selected by the cathedral chapter from among its own membership. These individuals govern until the arrival of the new bishop.

(2) In Catholic monastic orders, as well as in religious orders of knights, the board of leaders.

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Sir Walter in the same circumstances gets out of the room by making his love-scenes take place between the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next, but he could afford to do anything, and the small fry must e'en to their task, moan the dog as he may.
All but the last three chapters of his latest, Labour Tactics and Strategy, was finished, and he had sufficient material on hand adequately to supply those chapters.
From these considerations, I shall devote the first chapter of this Abstract to Variation under Domestication.
Good chapters for the purpose are: 3, 5, 8, 15, 16, 20, 25.
Or if, on the contrary, we had taken a fancy for the terrible, and made the lover of the new femme de chambre a professional burglar, who bursts into the house with his band, slaughters black Sambo at the feet of his master, and carries off Amelia in her night-dress, not to be let loose again till the third volume, we should easily have constructed a tale of thrilling interest, through the fiery chapters of which the reader should hurry, panting.
Franklin Blake; and, in sending him the fifth chapter of her humble narrative, begs to say that she feels quite unequal to enlarge as she could wish on an event so awful, under the circumstances, as Lady Verinder's death.
It is this sort of talk, and what Sancho says lower down, that made the translator of the history say he considered this chapter apocryphal.
As Grandfather was a great admirer of the apostle Eliot, he was glad to comply with the earnest request which Laurence had made at the close of the last chapter.
His father was less inquisitive; but when the time came for the chapter from the Bible which was always read before evening prayers, the Vicar observed to Mrs Clare
Fleming, who had been headmaster for the quarter of a century, was become too deaf to continue his work to the greater glory of God; and when one of the livings on the outskirts of the city fell vacant, with a stipend of six hundred a year, the Chapter offered it to him in such a manner as to imply that they thought it high time for him to retire.
In chapter 13, verse 18, of the Apocalypse, it is said:
Well, Miss Grey, if it's all the same to you, I should like to hear that chapter in the First Epistle of St.