\ ˈsēl How to pronounce ceil (audio) \
ceiled; ceiling; ceils

Definition of ceil

transitive verb

1 : to furnish (something, such as a wooden ship) with a lining
2 : to furnish with a ceiling

Examples of ceil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paint the ceiling and wall the same color: Unless your space has crown molding, Shakoor suggests keeping the wall and ceiling the same color. Washington Post, "How to make your rooms light and bright, even in wintertime," 19 Dec. 2019 Stock up on smart plugs, modems, routers, smart locks, ceiling fans and more—all of which were made for the modern era. CNN Underscored, "The best Cyber Monday deals to shop on Amazon," 2 Dec. 2019 With smart tech controlling your lamps, ceiling fans and outside fixtures, this menial task is no longer necessary. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 things you don’t need around the house anymore because of tech," 2 Dec. 2019 Then, ceiling fans for the bedrooms and the living room. BostonGlobe.com, "Read more about climate change on the Cape:," 4 Oct. 2019 Living room: Trim color, Harbor Haze; ceiling color, Cloud Cover—Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "April 2015 Issue Product Guide," 16 Mar. 2015 Past the front pivot door, a stroll leads through the living room that flaunts a floor-to-ceiling electric fireplace and cushy seating. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Zen area and cozy nooks bring indoor living outside in Gilbert home. Take a peek," 31 Oct. 2019 At the same time, Stuart evokes an era of languid afternoons on the lanai: mai tai in hand, ceiling fan circling slowly overhead. Nancy Moreland, chicagotribune.com, "Old Florida is alive and well in sunny Stuart, where the past won’t be forgotten," 29 Oct. 2019 For about a decade, new homes featured brass doorknobs, lights and ceiling fans. Dennis Hart, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Make your home ready for selling process," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ceil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ceil

Middle English celen, from Medieval Latin celare, caelare, perhaps from Latin caelare to carve, from caelum chisel; akin to Latin caedere to cut

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5 Jan 2020

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“Ceil.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceil. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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to insert between existing elements

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