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n. Architecture
The capital of a column.

[Middle English chapitre, chapter, chapiter; see chapter.]


(Architecture) architect another name for capital2
[C15: from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitellum capital2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chapiter - the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
pillar, column - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
top - the upper part of anything; "the mower cuts off the tops of the grass"; "the title should be written at the top of the first page"
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Mr Thompson said: "This marks the end of another chapiter of development and growth in our borough."
The seven wreaths of chain work, circumscribing the seven nets of chequer work in the chapiter (the capital of a column) of each of the pillars, corresponds with the seven days of the victory God gave the Israelites and to the total overthrow of the Pharaohs who were swallowed by the Red Sea.
135: "Mesme celle temps le baut meastre del hospital de seint Johan de Klerkenwell de Loundres avoit une tresbelle et tresdelitable manoir en Excesse ou il avoit ordenee vitailles et autres necessaries pur tener soun chapiter general, et fuist bien estuffe des vines et arraiez avenablement come affert a tiel seignour eta ses freres.