Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The upper interior surface of a room.
  • n. Material used to cover this surface.
  • n. Something resembling a ceiling: a ceiling of leaves over the arbor.
  • n. An upper limit, especially as set by regulation: wage and price ceilings.
  • n. The highest altitude under particular weather conditions from which the ground is still visible.
  • n. The altitude of the lowest layer of clouds.
  • n. Absolute ceiling.
  • n. Nautical The planking applied to the interior framework of a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The surface that bounds the upper limit of a room.
  • n. The upper limit of an object or action.
  • n. The highest altitude at which an aircraft may fly.
  • n. The smallest integer greater than or equal to a given number.
  • v. Present participle of ceil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The inside lining of a room overhead; the under side of the floor above; the upper surface opposite to the floor.
  • n. The lining or finishing of any wall or other surface, with plaster, thin boards, etc.; also, the work when done.
  • n. The inner planking of a vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A canopy; hangings; properly, hangings overhead, but by extension also side-hangings; tapestry.
  • n. The interior overhead surface of an apartment, usually formed of a lining of some kind affixed to the under side of joists supporting the floor above, or to rafters; the horizontal or curved surface of an interior, opposite the floor. In ordinary modern buildings it is usually finished with or formed of lath-and-plaster work.
  • n. Wainscoting; wainscot.
  • n. The lining of planks on the inside of a ship's frame.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
  • n. (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
  • n. an upper limit on what is allowed
  • n. the overhead upper surface of a covered space

Etymologies

Middle English celing, from celen, to ceil; see ceil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ceiling, from ceilĀ ("to cover") + -ing. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The shower head in the ceiling is a great idea that brings out beauty in the bathroom.

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  • The brick used to build a boveda ceiling is a special size brick.

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  • : The brick used to build a boveda ceiling is a special size brick.

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  • :: The brick used to build a boveda ceiling is a special size brick.

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  • He said the outlook for growth remained uncertain, but inflation would probably still be higher in coming months than the bank's medium-term ceiling of 2%, though the bank was determined to anchor longer-term price expectations.

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  • He said the outlook for growth remained uncertain, but inflation would probably still be higher than the bank's medium-term ceiling of 2% in coming months, though the bank was determined to anchor longer-term price expectations.

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  • It's pretty sad when those in Congress don't even know what the word ceiling means, isn't it?

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