service ceiling


Definition of service ceiling

: the altitude at which under standard air conditions a particular aircraft can no longer rise at a rate greater than a small designated rate (such as 100 feet per minute)

Examples of service ceiling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their service ceiling was 60,000 feet, stopping them from reaching the slow-moving unarmed reconnaissance plane. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of service ceiling

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Service ceiling.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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