- to build a ceiling in or over
- to cover (the ceiling or walls of a room) with plaster or thin boards
Origin of ceilMiddle English celen from Old French celer, to conceal from Classical Latin celare (see conceal); probably influenced, influence by Classical Latin caelum, heaven (see celestial) and Old French celer from Classical Latin caelare, to carve
transitive verbceiled, ceil·ing, ceils
- To provide or cover with a ceiling.
- Nautical To provide (a ship) with interior planking or lining.
Origin of ceilMiddle English celen probably from Old French celer from Latin caelāre to carve from caelum chisel ; see Caelum .
(third-person singular simple present ceils, present participle ceiling, simple past and past participle ceiled)
- To line or finish a surface, as of a wall, with plaster, stucco, thin boards, or the like.
Origin uncertain; perhaps related to Latin celare (“to hide”).
- (poetic) a ceiling