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- IPA(key): /ˈsiːlɪŋ/
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- Rhymes: -iːlɪŋ
- Homophone: sealing
- Hyphenation: ceil‧ing
From Middle English celing (“paneling; (bed) cover or hanging”), from celen (“to cover or panel walls”) (from Old French celer (“to conceal”)) + -ing (gerund-forming suffix).
ceiling (plural ceilings)
- The overhead closure of a room.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess:
- 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.
- The upper limit of an object or action.
- 2008, N. Gregory Mankiw, Principles of Economics, volume 1, page 114:
- Market forces naturally move the economy to the equilibrium, and the price ceiling has no effect on the price or the quantity sold.
- (aviation) The highest altitude at which an aircraft can safely maintain flight.
- (meteorology) The measurement of visible distance from ground or sea level to an overcast cloud cover; under a clear sky, the ceiling measurement is identified as "unlimited."
- Even though it was cloudy, there was still enough ceiling for the Blue Angels to perform a great show.
- (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.
- (finance) The maximum permitted level in a financial transaction.
- (architecture) The overhead interior surface that covers the upper limits of a room.
- absolute ceiling
- bamboo ceiling
- brass ceiling
- cathedral ceiling
- ceiling fan
- ceiling function
- celluloid ceiling
- cloud ceiling
- cotton ceiling
- debt ceiling
- drop ceiling
- dropped ceiling
- flight ceiling
- glass ceiling
- gray ceiling
- hit the ceiling
- pink ceiling
- popcorn ceiling
- rainbow ceiling
- scrape someone off the ceiling
- silver ceiling
- through the ceiling
- tray ceiling
upper limit of room
upper limit of an object or action
inner planking of a vessel
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