\ 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

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At Anchorage’s East High School, students ducked under tables as the lights went out and ceiling tiles fell, teacher Matt Spence commented on Facebook. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Anchorage," 30 Nov. 2018 Its black-and-white photos and ceiling fans recall an earlier era. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Just outside the theater, a large display cabinet houses all of the merchandise that Knievel sold during his years of fame: bicycles, pinball machines, ceiling fans. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018 Somebody is going to crack that glass ceiling one of these days. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Kim Ng, a former White Sox intern, is now the highest ranking woman in MLB: 'Nothing should hold women back'," 15 June 2018 The setting is modern, vaguely Scandinavian, with pale bentwood slats from ceiling to floor, to echo the idea of noodles. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "French Fare From a Comfort Food Veteran in the West Village," 22 May 2018 The Color: Dark, Matte Blue Perhaps the most striking element of this playroom is the splash of deep blue that flows throughout the space from ceiling to floor. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Steal Playroom Ideas From This Brilliantly Sophisticated Space," 14 July 2016 In addition to the standard crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery brush, many models have specially designed extras for cleaning mattresses, removing pet hair, and even dusting ceiling fans and the tops of bookcases. Amy Roberts, Good Housekeeping, "Shop Smart: The Best Vacuum Cleaner for Your Home," 13 June 2014 Oh, and check areas that may have been overlooked for a long time — like ceiling fans and behind your toilet, both of which can quickly wiped down, says Reichert. NBC News, "How to spring clean like a pro," 10 Aug. 2017

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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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