- The definition of ceiling means the topmost part of the inside of a room, or the upper limit.
- An example of the ceiling is the part of a room that is opposite the floor.
- An example of a ceiling is the most that someone is willing to pay.
A man painting a ceiling.
ceiling definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the inside top part or covering of a room, opposite the floor
- any overhanging expanse seen from below
- an upper limit set on anything, as by official regulation: a ceiling on prices
- a covering of clouds limiting vertical visibility
- the height of the lower surface of such a covering
- the maximum height at which an aircraft can fly under normal conditions
Origin: ; from ceil
ceiling definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. The upper interior surface of a room.b. Material used to cover this surface.
- Something resembling a ceiling: a ceiling of leaves over the arbor.
- An upper limit, especially as set by regulation: wage and price ceilings.
- a. The highest altitude under particular weather conditions from which the ground is still visible.b. The altitude of the lowest layer of clouds.c. Absolute ceiling.
- Nautical The planking applied to the interior framework of a ship.
Origin: Middle English celing, from celen, to ceil; see ceil.
- ceilˈinged adjective
ceiling - Phrases/Idioms
hit the ceilingâ
Slang to lose one's temper