A man painting a ceiling.
- 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.
- 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 of ceiling; from ceil
hit the ceiling⌂
- 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. The maximum altitude that an aircraft can reach under a given set of conditions, such as a minimum rate of climb.
- Nautical The planking applied to the interior framework of a ship.
Origin of ceilingMiddle English celing, from celen, to ceil; see ceil.
- The surface that bounds the upper limit of a room.
- the dining room had an ornate ceiling
- The upper limit of an object or action.
- price ceilings
- (aviation) The highest altitude at which an aircraft may fly.
- (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
- (nautical) The inner planking of a vessel.
- Present participle of ceil.
From Middle English ceiling, from ceil (“to cover”) + -ing.