ceiling

noun
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

Their breathless chatter about the previous month of shows rose to the high ceilings. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Kendall, Hailey, Cara! Models Galore Came Out to the Opening of Edition Hotels’s Times Square Outpost," 13 Mar. 2019 With 67 residences, wraparound terraces, and column-free walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, the building offers expansive views of New York City—something a condo built in 2019 cannot be without. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Interior Designer Cyril Vergniol Says Goodbye to Cookie-Cutter Apartments," 8 Mar. 2019 That limit is set to be reinstated Saturday, meaning the Treasury won’t be able to borrow more money until lawmakers suspend the ceiling again. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Congress Faces Fall Deadline to Address Debt Ceiling," 1 Mar. 2019 Two expansive tables were filled with towers of flowers, mountains of decorative blue and white Chinoiserie elements, and the ceiling virtually dripped with ornate red silk lanterns. David Nash, Town & Country, "How to Throw the Ultimate Chinese New Year Celebration," 22 Feb. 2019 Minimalist horizontal fixtures that sit just slightly below the ceiling might work better. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "The latest innovations for kitchen islands," 19 Feb. 2019 The study also recorded smaller airborne droplets spraying 13 to 20 feet vertically in the air, which researchers noted was theoretically high enough to enter and travel through some ceiling ventilation systems in some buildings. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 By the early 20th century, Americans had large floor-to-ceiling trees and decorated them with homemade items like popcorn strings, marzipan cookies, nuts, apples, and candles, reports the The Mint Hill Times. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 Standard Market is the latest entry in the emerging fray of retail automation, where companies are installing ceiling cameras, sensors and machine learning into grocery stores to replace the checkout line — and predict theft. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Where in the world is Alphabet CEO Larry Page?," 14 Sep. 2018

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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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ceiling

noun

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

ceiling

noun
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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