ceilingward

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ceiling +‎ -ward

Adjective[edit]

ceilingward (not comparable)

  1. Facing or directed toward the ceiling.
    • 1971, Eaton K. Goldthwaite, The Marble Forest, Doubleday (1971), page 41:
      Noble's eyes flashed in a quick ceilingward glance.
    • 2008, D. M. Cornish, Lamplighter, G. P. Putnam's Sons (2008), ISBN 9780399246395, page 141:
      ". . . Did you see what she upstairs had delivered today?" one woman huffed with a ceilingward glance and a dripping poke of her thumb in the vague direction of the Snooks.
    • 2012, Kathy Lette, The Boy Who Fell to Earth, Bantam (2012), ISBN 9780593060834, page 59:
      Once again, my little attempt to charm her with humour was met with a ceilingward lifting of the eyebrows in finicky disapproval.

Adverb[edit]

ceilingward (not comparable)

  1. Toward the ceiling.
    • 1949, Frank Kane, Green Light for Death, Prologue Books (2012), ISBN 9781440539961, unnumbered page:
      Liddell nodded, exhaled a feathery tendril of dirty white smoke ceilingward.
    • 1989, Sandra Brown, Long Time Coming, Bantam Dell (2006), ISBN 9780553589351, page 76:
      “Mom!” he said, rolling his eyes ceilingward. “I'm not a kid, you know.”
    • 2002, Michael P. Kube-McDowell, Vectors, Bantam Spectra (2002), ISBN 0553298240, page 118:
      Logging off, Alynn stood up and stretched her arms ceilingward, fingers intertwined high above her head.