absolute ceiling


: the maximum height above sea level at which a particular airplane can maintain horizontal flight under standard air conditions

called also ceiling

Examples of absolute ceiling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is his absolute ceiling? Tony Blengino, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 With so many pitchers producing at such velocity, what is the absolute ceiling for pitching speed? Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2023 But hanging with Desert Vista required the Tigers to play at their absolute ceiling. Theo MacKie, The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2023 One of the plaintiffs’ lead lawyers, Harley Tropin, said the $100 million was the absolute ceiling for attorney fees and that the group was satisfied with whatever was awarded. Curt Anderson, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2022 Nixon looked capable, but what’s his absolute ceiling this season? Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2022 Luckey goes on to estimate that current VR technology could attract an absolute ceiling of 50 million active users worldwide—and that number only with significant industry effort. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 1 Nov. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of absolute ceiling was in 1918

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“Absolute ceiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20ceiling. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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