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.

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Morant would be a better fit and is thought to have a higher ceiling, but Barrett should move the needle, too. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Biggest Needs for All 30 Teams in the 2019 NBA Draft," 6 June 2019 Farmhouse chic—popularized by HGTV star Joanna Gaines—uses lots of wood, even on the ceiling. Matthew Townsend / Bloomberg, Time, "'Big Carpet' Is Betting This New Floor Covering Will Get Americans to End Their Love of Hardwood," 6 June 2019 The pose was reminiscent of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, only inverted. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 Or, if the ceiling is too low, consider putting up plywood paneling, drywall or beadboard. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 Whether a space has high ceilings or a beautiful view, or is too small or a little dark, understanding the full scope of the project will determine what's needed from a decorating perspective. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Home Stager Reveals the Art of Decorating," 7 Mar. 2019 The bedroom the three girls share has a sky-blue ceiling with a cloud-shape light fixture. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Reviving the Heart of Rome by Adding Nordic Style," 15 Jan. 2019 The master bedroom at the cottage reportedly has a ceiling covered with gilded dolphins and a rope decoration, which is originally from a royal yacht from the 19th century. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Inside Adelaide Cottage, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Home in Windsor," 23 July 2018 The apartment, closer to the Hudson River, had high ceilings with a skylight and a postcard view of Manhattan from the kitchen. Joyce Cohen, New York Times, "A Brooklyn Renter Reroutes His Commute in New Jersey," 28 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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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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