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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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The grime and sordidness of the House of the Seven Gables seemed to have vanished since her appearance there; the gnawing tooth of the dry-rot was stayed among the old timbers of its skeleton frame; the dust had ceased to settle down so densely, from the antique ceilings, upon the floors and furniture of the rooms below,--or, at any rate, there was a little housewife, as light-footed as the breeze that sweeps a garden walk, gliding hither and thither to brush it all away.
The prospects were bad at present, for truckmen who worked in the storerooms said that these were piled up to the ceilings, so that the firm could not have found room for another week's output of cans.
The musty ancient beds remained in the chambers, and their quilts and curtains and canopies were decorated with curious handwork, and the walls and ceilings frescoed with historical and mythological scenes in glaring colors.
Everything was as neat as wax, but the ceilings were much higher than Rebecca was accustomed to.
No man would refuse to quit a shattered and tottering habitation for a firm and commodious building, because the latter had not a porch to it, or because some of the rooms might be a little larger or smaller, or the ceilings a little higher or lower than his fancy would have planned them.
While the objects around me--while the carvings of the ceilings, the sombre tapestries of the walls, the ebon blackness of the floors, and the phantasmagoric armorial trophies which rattled as I strode, were but matters to which, or to such as which, I had been accustomed from my infancy--while I hesitated not to acknowledge how familiar was all this--I still wondered to find how unfamiliar were the fancies which ordinary images were stirring up.
We also found in this building real sleeping apartments with ancient beds of highly wrought metal swinging from enormous gold chains depending from the marble ceilings.
The police have laid bare the floors, the ceilings, and the masonry of the walls, in every direction.
the naked walls, the uneven floorings, the ceilings matted with cobwebs, the vast dilapidated chimney-places, the cold hearths on which the charity extended to them by parliament hardly permitted a fire to glow, was completely altered in appearance.
Then they found bedrooms with dressing-rooms and powdering-closets, and steps leading up and down--boxes of rooms, round, square, and octagonal, with enriched ceilings and chased door-locks.
Then they marched him back in charge of a drummer-boy to empty, lime-washed barracks, whose floors were covered with rubbish and string and paper, and whose ceilings gave back his lonely footfall.
Neither had the fame of Cicero, Seneca, Plinius Secundus, borne her age so well, if it had not been joined with some vanity in themselves; like unto varnish, that makes ceilings not only shine but last.