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 There is always the possibility that Peguero and Malone hit their ceilings (55 and 60 FV respectively) and the D-backs don’t make the playoffs the next two seasons. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Starling Marte trade reaction: Diamondbacks earn rave reviews for deal with Pirates," 28 Jan. 2020 Step 4: Mount the ceiling supports on rafters or floor joists above your swing. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Make a Porch Swing for Some Next-Level Relaxation," 25 Jan. 2020 Of course, take into account emergencies like leaking ceilings or piping disasters. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "What Is House Hacking? A Guide to the Latest Money-Saving Trend in Real Estate," 24 Jan. 2020 The house lets in tons of natural light in some of the main spaces, including the living room, which stands out from the rest of the home with its beamed ceiling. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Renée Zellweger's Texas Childhood Home Just Hit the Market for $750,000," 23 Jan. 2020 And as some predicted, the Pistons have been unable to surround Griffin with the requisite talent to move up in the Eastern Conference, capping their ceiling as a middling playoff team. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons: Solving the greatest 'What ifs' of the 2010s," 30 Dec. 2019 Its high ceilings and large windows let in ample natural light, which better illuminates the local restaurants and global artwork. CBS News, "The move to upgrade U.S. airports," 29 Dec. 2019 Justin Fields is the latest transfer to strike it big at another school, and hasn’t even reached his ceiling. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "College football overreaction index, Week 15: For Georgia to win a national title, it needs to embrace change," 9 Dec. 2019 Ms Warren is in decline, Mr Sanders appears to have hit his ceiling, Mr Buttigieg, though rising, still has little support from non-whites. The Economist, "The stickiness of Joe Biden," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ceiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceilings. Accessed 17 Feb. 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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