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.

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From the statement walls (drawn straight from the inspiration home) to the details on the ceiling, Britany took Sunny and Rashid's empty box and infused it with their lively spirit, bringing in a glam new energy. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 When adding a new bedroom necessitated replacing several beams in the living room below, Sloan used two paint colors—a cornflower blue on the ceiling and blue-green on the beams—to help camouflage the mix of old and new wood. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Annie Sloan’s French Farmhouse Is the Ultimate Chalk Paint Transformation," 1 May 2019 The footage is to be projected on the ceiling of the museum gallery space as a chorus of black voices plays in the background. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "With His First Solo Exhibit, Photographer Tyler Mitchell Paints a Tender Portrait of Black Joy," 15 Apr. 2019 Bikoff has installed a feathery wallpaper on the ceiling to complement the Rhapsody seating collection, which features patterned upholstery with jewelry-like hardware accents. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019 LIGHT YEAR Energy-efficient lighting has been installed in both clubhouses, with 24 fixtures on the ceiling of the Yankees room. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Hyde gets 1st win as manager, Orioles beat Yankees 5-3," 31 Mar. 2019 The 4-by-8-foot panels on the ceiling and walls, which Tannenbaum worked to align precisely, were an affordable way to introduce the warmth of wood. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Sisters build a relaxed summer retreat in coastal Maine," 15 June 2018 Police noted the fresh paint in the kitchen, found more blood spatter on the kitchen ceiling, and documented the strong odor of cleaning chemicals that Tucker had admitted to using afterward, the report states. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Hamden Man Said He Beat Mother, Burned Her Body For 8 Hours," 11 June 2018 Blood on the floor, blood up the walls, blood splattered on the ceiling. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How The Staircase Defined True Crime Series," 11 June 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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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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