ceil·​ing | \ ˈsē-liŋ How to pronounce ceiling (audio) \

Definition of ceiling

1a : the overhead inside lining of a room The room has a high ceiling.
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
3a : 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

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Other Words from ceiling

ceilinged \ ˈsē-​liŋd How to pronounce ceilinged (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ceiling in a Sentence

The house has low ceilings. The airplane has a ceiling of 32,000 feet.
Recent Examples on the Web Crews deployed hose lines and began to open up the walls and ceiling of the garage to extinguish the fire, according to the release. Megan Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Aurora fire damages shed, garage," 9 Nov. 2020 Minimal heating, air conditioning and electric work is planned for both call centers, and new walls, floor and ceiling will be installed. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Nearly $1M in coronavirus relief funding awarded to renovate Carroll County government office, 911 centers," 16 Oct. 2020 No one was injured but there were bullet holes in the floor, ceiling and walls of hotel rooms on the ninth floor, police said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Man started shooting during argument in room at Hotel Captain Cook, police say," 12 Oct. 2020 Later that day, the resident located damage to his bedroom wall and ceiling. Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 7 Oct. 2020 United Press International reported every wall and ceiling in the condo is covered with actual beer cans, except the bathroom. Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, "Beer fans: This home's for you," 25 Sep. 2020 Gregorius Pineo grass cloth in a matching hue was installed on the walls and ceiling. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Florida Kitchen Is Steeped in Moody Blues," 21 Sep. 2020 Huge patches of plaster from the walls and ceiling littered the floor. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Cliff House: A century of photos of the many lives of an SF icon," 15 Sep. 2020 In contrast, radiant cooling is maybe best known today as a part of clever home engineering: panels in the floor or ceiling, filled with circulating cool water, absorb ambient heat and create a cool effect. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This 'Cold Tube' Sucks Your Body Heat to Keep You Cool," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of ceiling

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ceiling

Middle English celing, from celen

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The first known use of ceiling was in 1535

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ceiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceiling. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce ceiling (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ceiling

: the inside surface at the top of a room
: an upper limit
technical : the greatest height at which an aircraft can fly


ceil·​ing | \ ˈsē-liŋ How to pronounce ceiling (audio) \

Kids Definition of ceiling

1 : the overhead inside surface of a room
2 : the greatest height at which an airplane can fly properly
3 : the height above the ground of the bottom of the lowest layer of clouds
4 : an upper limit a ceiling on prices

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