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 ceiling (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 The outdoor ceiling fan has a strong airflow with adjustable speeds and a simple-yet-sleek design to complement most outdoor spaces. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, "Southerners Love This ‘Whisper-Quiet’ Outdoor Ceiling Fan for Patios and Porches," 9 Apr. 2021 Each group of homes clusters around a common pool, spa and greenway with common elements such as carports, floor-to-ceiling windows and patterned white cinderblock. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs. This DIY tour points the way," 9 Apr. 2021 Today, the West Baltimore center’s floor-to-ceiling windows gleam, offering glimpses of a swimming pool and fitness center inside. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Officials celebrate reopening of Cahill Fitness and Wellness Center in West Baltimore," 9 Apr. 2021 Floor-to-ceiling windows line the dining room, which sits more than 100 people at tables and a bar. Serena Dai, San Francisco Chronicle, "Colorado's popular New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire, opens huge new restaurant in Mission Bay," 9 Apr. 2021 Floor-to-ceiling windows in each space offer unparalleled views of Central Park and Burnaby. Emma Reynolds, Forbes, "Exclusive: A First Look Inside Luxury Residential Tower Central Park House In Vancouver," 7 Apr. 2021 Blade size is the most important feature to consider when upgrading to a new ceiling fan or installing one from scratch. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Ceiling Fans for Silent, Powerful Airflow," 6 Apr. 2021 The spacious interior offers a main saloon with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, along with a lounge and dining room that’s serviced by the adjacent galley. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Meet Falcon Legacy, a 131-Foot Superyacht Shaped Like a Giant Torpedo," 5 Apr. 2021 Thanks to an isolated location and floor-to-ceiling windows, guests who book this A-frame can enjoy unobstructed mountain views right from the couch. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "13 Best Colorado Airbnbs for Fresh Air, Mountain Views, and Memorable Stays," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Ceiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceiling. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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