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Meaning of ceiling by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English ceiling < ceil ( “to cover” ) + -ing .


    • IPA: /ˈsiːlɪŋ/
    • Rhymes: -iːlɪŋ


    ceiling ( plural: ceilings )

    1. The surface that bounds the upper limit of a room .
      the dining room had an ornate ceiling
    2. The upper limit of an object or action .
      price ceilings
    3. ( aviation ) The highest altitude at which an aircraft may fly .
    4. ( mathematics ) The smallest integer greater than or equal to a given number .
      the ceiling of 4.5 is 5, the ceiling of -4.5 is -4




    1. Present participle of ceil .

Explanation of ceiling by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the overhead upper surface of a covered space

    2. he hated painting the ceiling
    3. altitude of the lowest layer of clouds

    4. maximum altitude at which a plane can fly ( under specified conditions )

    5. an upper limit on what is allowed

    6. he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him

    Definition of ceiling by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ceil ( sēl ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ceiled ( sēld ); p. pr. & vb. n. Ceiling.] [From an older noun, fr. F. ciel heaven, canopy, fr. L. caelum heaven, vault, arch, covering; cf. Gr. κοῖλος hollow.]
      1. To overlay or cover the inner side of the roof of; to furnish with a ceiling; as, “to ceil a room”.

      The greater house he ceiled with fir tree. 2 Chron. iii. 5

      2. To line or finish a surface, as of a wall, with plaster, stucco, thin boards, or the like.

    2. Ceiling, n. [See Cell, v. t.]
      1. ( Arch. ) The inside lining of a room overhead; the under side of the floor above; the upper surface opposite to the floor. The lining or finishing of any wall or other surface, with plaster, thin boards, etc.; also, the work when done.

      2. ( Naut. ) The inner planking of a vessel.

      Camp ceiling. See under Camp. -- Ceiling boards, Thin narrow boards used to ceil with.