Definition of ceiling in English:


Line breaks: ceil|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈsiːlɪŋ


  • 1The upper interior surface of a room or other similar compartment: the books were stacked from floor to ceiling
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    • Hard landscape materials are the walls, floors and ceilings of our outdoor rooms.
    • The traditional Scottish tower house has flagstone floors and a vaulted ceiling in the dining room.
    • The airy rooms had high ceilings; windows and doors opened onto shady verandahs.
  • 2An upper limit set on prices, wages, or expenditure: the government imposed a wage ceiling of 3 per cent
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    • But many analysts agree that the new price ceilings won't limit the ability of most power companies to make a profit in the region.
    • There is no natural ceiling to limit the price of market water.
    • Also, strict wage ceilings were maintained on public enterprises.
    upper limit, maximum, limitation, highest permissible level/value
  • 3The maximum altitude that a particular aircraft can reach: the aircraft’s quoted ceiling of 24,000 feet
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    • The new aircraft will also allow pilots to increase their flying hours from 150 to 200 because of the aircraft's higher operating ceiling.
    • The maximum cruise speed of the aircraft is 500 km per hour and the altitude ceiling 9,500 m.
    • A number of miles passed under the nose as the aircraft brushed the bottom of the weather ceiling.
  • 3.1The altitude of the base of a cloud layer.
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    • The cloud ceiling was about 9,000 feet, with a temperature of 62 degrees.
    • Observations were not made in rain, snow, or fog, or when the cloud ceiling was less than 100 m AGL.
    • Unfortunately the dragons can't climb above the cloud ceiling so the five travelers are stuck in the horrid weather.
  • 4 Nautical The inside planking of a ship’s bottom and sides.
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    • Suddenly a thud knocked the shuttle ninety degrees as the crew inside were bashed against the ceiling of the small craft.



[in combination]: high-ceilinged rooms


Middle English (denoting the action of lining the interior of a room with plaster or panelling): from ceil + -ing1. sense 1 dates from the mid 16th century.

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