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ceiling

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noun ceil·ing \ˈsē-liŋ\

Simple Definition of ceiling

  • : the inside surface at the top of a room

  • : an upper limit

  • : the greatest height at which an aircraft can fly

Full Definition of ceiling

  1. 1 a :  the overhead inside lining of a room b :  material used to ceil a wall or roof of a room

  2. 2 :  something thought of as an overhanging shelter or a lofty canopy <a ceiling of stars>

  3. 3 a :  the height above the ground from which prominent objects on the ground can be seen and identified b :  the height above the ground of the base of the lowest layer of clouds when over half of the sky is obscured

  4. 4 a :  absolute ceiling b :  service ceiling

  5. 5 :  an upper usually prescribed limit <a ceiling on prices, rents, and wages>

ceil·inged play \-liŋd\ adjective

Examples of ceiling

  1. The house has low ceilings.

  2. The airplane has a ceiling of 32,000 feet.



Origin of ceiling

Middle English celing, from celen


First Known Use: 1535

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

Rhymes with ceiling




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