American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. The surface that bounds the upper limit of a room.
- n. The upper limit of an object or action.
- n. aviation The highest altitude at which an aircraft may fly.
- n. mathematics The smallest integer greater than or equal to a given number.
- v. present participle of ceil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Naut.) The inner planking of a vessel.
- 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
- From Middle English ceiling, from ceil ("to cover") + -ing. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English celing, from celen, to ceil; see ceil. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term "ceiling" is supposed to be exactly that; a ceiling. jgg.”
“Telling people how you found Jesus in the paint on your ceiling is the surest way to get yourself blackballed from all future parties but go on a 30-minute explanation of how you have been shooting up pregnant-lady urine to lose weight and everyone is all ears.”
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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.”
“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.”
“It's pretty sad when those in Congress don't even know what the word ceiling means, isn't it?”
“Although Cotton is a year behind in experience, he might have a higher long-term ceiling than Stanley.”
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