\ 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 Instruction downloads for indoor home improvement items such as light fixtures, ceiling fans, door hardware and plumbing fixtures, are up 27% from the March of last year. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Bilt knows what you’re doing during the pandemic: home projects," 10 Apr. 2020 Such smart devices include ceiling fans made by Hunter Fan; thermostats made by Ecobee, Emerson and Nest; Kwikset and Schlage branded door locks; and self-steering vacuums from iRobot. Matt Day | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "You’re Home Alone With Alexa. Are Your Secrets Safe?," 19 July 2019 The home’s master suite, added as part of the renovation, features a vaulted beamed ceiling with natural light. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "1934 West U. home offers modern renovations, finishes," 22 Feb. 2020 Most companies that offer policies have a basic plan as well as upgraded plans that can cover additional items like kitchen appliances, washers, dryers, garage door openers, instant hot water dispensers, door bells and ceiling fans. SFChronicle.com, "Sound Off: Do you advise buyers to get a home warranty? Should they renew it every year? What are the pros and cons?," 20 Dec. 2019 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

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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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“Ceil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceil. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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