ceiling

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From Middle English ceiling, from ceil (to cover) + -ing.

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ceiling (plural ceilings)

  1. The surface that bounds the upper limit of a room.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, […].
    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
  5. (nautical) The inner planking of a vessel.

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ceiling

  1. Present participle of ceil.