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 a : the overhead inside lining of a room b : material used to ceil a wall or roof of a room
2 : something thought of as an overhanging shelter or a lofty canopy <a ceiling of stars>
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
5 : an upper usually prescribed limit <a ceiling on prices, rents, and wages>
Examples of ceiling
The house has low ceilings.
The airplane has a ceiling of 32,000 feet.
Origin of ceiling
Middle English celing, from celen
First Known Use: 1535
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