ceiling meaning

[ 'si:liŋ ] Pronunciation:   "ceiling" in a sentence
Noun: ceiling  seeling
  1. The overhead upper surface of a covered space
    "he hated painting the ceiling" 
  2. (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds 
  3. An upper limit on what is allowed
    "he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him"
    - roof, cap 
  4. Maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
Verb: ceil  seel
Usage: archaic
  1. To line or finish a surface, as of a wall, with plaster, stucco, thin boards, or the like 
  2. To overlay or cover the inner side of the roof of; to furnish with a ceiling; as, to ceil a room

Sounds like: sealing, seeling

Derived forms: ceilings

Type of: altitude, control, height, upper surface

Part of: hall, hallway, room

Encyclopedia: Ceil



The overhead surface of a room, usually a covering or decorative treatment used to conceal the floor above or the roof.

[Building construction]
"The covering made of plaster, boards, or other material that constitutes the overhead surface in a room."

noun [C]


the greatest amount of sth that is allowed; the top limit:

They have put a 10% ceiling on wage increases.

Have house prices hit their ceiling?

setting a ceiling price for oil


❖ to place/put a ceiling on sth

◆ to impose/lift/set a ceiling (on sth)

◆ to exceed/hit/reach a ceiling

◆ a lending/ an output/ a price/production/wage 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.


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  1. its beam pointed at the white ceiling.
  2. with his temper, he probably hit the ceiling.
  3. his voice reverberates from the high ceiling.
  4. she stopped and looked upward at the ceiling.
  5. the light was suspended from the ceiling.

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