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 identifiedb : 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
ceilingedplay \-liŋd\ adjective
Examples of ceiling in a Sentence
The house has low ceilings.
The airplane has a ceiling of 32,000 feet.
Recent Examples of ceiling from the Web
Smrz also took advantage of the natural light that pours in from his ceiling-tall windows in his living room and bedroom.
This ultra-luxury hotel and resort was modeled on a 16th-century neo-classical Italian palace, and Donatella Versace herself directed the design, from the gold-gilded ceilings and opulent mosaics to the custom furniture and fabrics.
That included everything from the various objects in architecture (ceilings, floors, wall paintings, columns, bases) to literary sources like inscriptions engraved in the stones and histories by the city’s former occupants.
In the video, which Hialeah police released to the media, the male eventually pushes the camera toward the ceiling, but not so much that the female still isn’t in view.
The list of building materials owners can choose from includes country farmhouse favorites like metal roofing, rusty metal cladding, white cedar siding, concrete surfaces, plank ceilings, and more.
Units will have energy-efficient appliances, hardwood-style flooring, ceiling fans and up-to-date kitchens.
Acoustical ceiling tile, heavily insulated walls, carpeted corridors and other features are designed to keep sounds under 40 decibels—about the level of a babbling brook.
A deepening crack in a bedroom ceiling has caused layers of paint to fall, and the sidewalk in front of the house has buckled and crumbled as sand keeps washing out of the wall onto the corner of Kennedy Avenue and Wicker.
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Origin and Etymology of ceiling
Middle English celing, from celen
First Known Use: 1535See Words from the same year
CEILING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ceiling for English Language Learners
: the inside surface at the top of a room
: an upper limit
: the greatest height at which an aircraft can fly
CEILING Defined for Kids
Definition of ceiling for Students
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
History for ceiling
As we now line a coat with a lining, we also used to ceil a room with a ceiling. The verb ceil, however, is now very seldom used on its own. Originally to ceil was to cover the surfaces of a room—both above and on the sides—with a coating of plaster or with carved panels. Ceiling could once mean nearly the same as “paneling,” but the only sense we now use refers only to what is overhead in a room.
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