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ceil·ing

 (sē′lĭng)
n.
1.
a. The upper interior surface of a room.
b. Material used to cover this surface.
2. Something resembling a ceiling: a ceiling of leaves over the arbor.
3. An upper limit, especially as set by regulation: wage and price ceilings.
4.
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.
5. Nautical The planking applied to the interior framework of a ship.

[Middle English celing, from celen, to ceil; see ceil.]

ceil′inged adj.

ceiling

(ˈsiːlɪŋ)
n
1. (Architecture) the inner upper surface of a room
2. (Commerce)
a. an upper limit, such as one set by regulation on prices or wages
b. (as modifier): ceiling prices.
3. (Aeronautics) the upper altitude to which an aircraft can climb measured under specified conditions. See also service ceiling, absolute ceiling
4. (Physical Geography) meteorol the highest level in the atmosphere from which the earth's surface is visible at a particular time, usually the base of a cloud layer
5. (Nautical Terms) a wooden or metal surface fixed to the interior frames of a vessel for rigidity
[C14: of uncertain origin]

ceil•ing

(ˈsi lɪŋ)

n.
1. the overhead interior surface of a room.
2. an upper limit on the amount of money that can be charged or spent, the quantity of goods produced or sold, etc.: a ceiling on government spending.
3.
a. the maximum altitude from which the earth can be seen from an aircraft.
b. the maximum altitude at which an aircraft can operate under specified conditions.
4. the height above ground level of the lowest layer of clouds that cover more than half of the sky.
[1350–1400; Middle English; see ceil, -ing1]
ceil′inged, adj.

ceiling

The height above the Earth's surface of the lowest layer of clouds or obscuration phenomena that is reported as "broken," "overcast," or "obscured" and not classified as "thin" or "partial."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ceiling - the overhead upper surface of a covered spaceceiling - the overhead upper surface of a covered space; "he hated painting the ceiling"
hall, hallway - an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open; "the elevators were at the end of the hall"
overhead - (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
upper surface - the side that is uppermost
2.ceiling - (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
altitude, height - elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface; "the altitude gave her a headache"
meteorology - the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere (especially weather)
3.ceiling - an upper limit on what is allowed; "he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him"; "there was a roof on salaries"; "they established a cap for prices"
control - the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
glass ceiling - a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions
4.ceiling - maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
altitude, height - elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface; "the altitude gave her a headache"
absolute ceiling - the maximum altitude at which an airplane can maintain horizontal flight
combat ceiling, service ceiling - altitude above which a plane cannot climb faster than a given rate

ceiling

noun
The greatest amount or number allowed:
Translations
strop
loft
kattolakikorkeussisäkatto
strop
mennyezetplafon
loft
天井
천장
lubos
griesti
strop
strop
innertaktak
เพดาน
trần nhà

ceiling

[ˈsiːlɪŋ]
A. N
1. [of room] → techo m (Archit) → cielo m raso
see also hit B3
2. (Aer) → techo m
3. (fig) (= upper limit) → límite m, tope m
to fix a ceiling for; put a ceiling onfijar el límite de
B. CPD ceiling price Nprecio m tope

ceiling

[ˈsiːlɪŋ] n
[room] → plafond m
(= limit) (on wages, prices)plafond mceiling fan nventilateur m de plafond

ceiling

n
(Zimmer)decke f
(Aviat: = cloud ceiling) → Wolkenhöhe f; (= aircraft’s ceiling)Gipfelhöhe f
(fig: = upper limit) → ober(st)e Grenze, Höchstgrenze f; price ceilingoberste Preisgrenze; to put a ceiling on somethingetw nach oben begrenzen

ceiling

[ˈsiːlɪŋ] n (of room) → soffitto; (of boat) → pagliolato (fig) (upper limit) → tetto, limite m massimo

ceiling

(ˈsiːliŋ) noun
the inner roof (of a room etc). Paint the ceiling before you paint the walls.

ceiling

سَقْف strop loft Zimmerdecke ταβάνι techo katto plafond strop soffitto 天井 천장 plafond tak sufit tecto, teto потолок innertak เพดาน tavan trần nhà 天花板
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A tower rose to the ceiling, halfway up appeared a window with a lamp burning in it, and behind the white curtain appeared Zara in a lovely blue and silver dress, waiting for Roderigo.
Up under the wooden ceiling there were little half-windows with white curtains, and pots of geraniums and wandering Jew in the deep sills.
It was situated at the top of the house, made up of odd angles and a queer, sloping ceiling.
Whatever other accommodations it contained must have been hidden in the rear, as the flat roof above was almost level with the raftered ceiling of the shop.
It was a low-studded room, with a beam across the ceiling, panelled with dark wood, and having a large chimney-piece, set round with pictured tiles, but now closed by an iron fire-board, through which ran the funnel of a modern stove.
A tin pipe ascends through the ceiling, and forms a medium of vocal communication with other parts of be edifice.
All dressed and dusty as he is, Jonah throws himself into his berth, and finds the little state-room ceiling almost resting on his forehead.
from floor to ceiling, lined, or rather papered with a glistening white membrane, glossy as bridal satins.
His companion follows, but with his eyes open, watching where he treads, so to speak; and finally Valentinavyczia, after waiting for a little and beating with his foot to get the time, casts up his eyes to the ceiling and begins to saw--"Broom
In one place they found a spacious cavern, from whose ceiling depended a multitude of shining stalactites of the length and circumference of a man's leg; they walked all about it, wondering and admiring, and presently left it by one of the numerous passages that opened into it.
And then their uncle comes in, and tosses them up to the ceiling in a very frightful way
He made her no answer; and only observed, after again examining the room, that it was very low pitched, and that the ceiling was crooked.