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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



(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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In one of these chapters on the present decadence of architecture, and on the death (in his mind almost inevitable) of that king of arts, the author expresses and develops an opinion unfortunately well rooted in him, and well thought out.
Of the prose works best read 'Culture and Anarchy,' at least the introduction (not the Preface), chapters 1, 3, 4 and 5, and the Conclusion.
Compare 'Absalom and Achitophel' with the source in II Samuel, Chapter XIII, verse 23, to Chapter XVIII.
When Tar and Sighs were walking together to the Chapter House on Speech-Day a week later, Tar, who had a bitter tongue, remarked to his colleague:
I could not help thinking how very aptly that chapter your dear father read applied, in some of its particulars, to the woman you have chosen.
2008 CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS Congratulations to the IREM 2008 Star Chapters that were acknowledged at the Leadership & Legislative Summit.
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Chapters 7 and 8, "Musicians Versus Emotions I and II," are about the psychological aspect of practicing and performing.
Under her direction the committee ran the successful Careers Program with 35 accredited student chapters and over 400 students and advisors attending conference.
The next six chapters are a "cook's tour" of earthquakes in different parts of the New World: Mexico (Chapter 5), the Maya empire (Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras; Chapter 6), Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia (Chapter 7), Peru and Chile (Chapter 8), California (Chapter 9), the North American Cordillera (Chapter 10), and eastern and central America (Chapter 11).
This fall has been an incredibly busy time for TEI and its chapters.