(Chant"ress) n. [Cf. OF. chanteresse.] A female chanter or singer. Milton.

(Chant"ry) n.; pl. Chantries [OF. chanterie, fr. chanter to sing.]

1. An endowment or foundation for the chanting of masses and offering of prayers, commonly for the founder.

2. A chapel or altar so endowed. Cowell.

(Cha"o*man`cy) n. [Gr. the atmosphere + -mancy.] Divination by means of appearances in the air.

(Cha"os) n. [L. chaos chaos Gr. cha`os, fr. cha`inein (root cha) to yawn, to gape, to open widely. Cf. Chasm.]

1. An empty, immeasurable space; a yawning chasm. [Archaic]

Between us and there is fixed a great chaos.
Luke xvi. 26

2. The confused, unorganized condition or mass of matter before the creation of distinct and orderly forms.

3. Any confused or disordered collection or state of things; a confused mixture; confusion; disorder.

(Cha*ot"ic) a. Resembling chaos; confused.

(Cha*ot"ic*al*ly) adv. In a chaotic manner.

(Chap) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chapped (chapt or chopt); p. pr. & vb. n. Chapping.] [See Chop to cut.]

1. To cause to open in slits or chinks; to split; to cause the skin of to crack or become rough.

Then would unbalanced heat licentious reign,
Crack the dry hill, and chap the russet plain.

Nor winter's blast chap her fair face.

2. To strike; to beat. [Scot.]

(Chap), v. i.

1. To crack or open in slits; as, the earth chaps; the hands chap.

2. To strike; to knock; to rap. [Scot.]

(Chap), n. [From Chap, v. t. & i.]

1. A cleft, crack, or chink, as in the surface of the earth, or in the skin.

2. A division; a breach, as in a party. [Obs.]

Many clefts and chaps in our council board.
T. Fuller.

3. A blow; a rap. [Scot.]

(Chap) n. [OE. chaft; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel kjaptr jaw, Sw. Käft, D. kiæft; akin to G. kiefer, and E. jowl. Cf. Chops.]

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