the overhead upper surface of a covered space
"he hated painting the ceiling"
(meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
ceiling, roof, cap(noun)
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"
maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
The surface that bounds the upper limit of a room.
the dining room had an ornate ceiling
The upper limit of an object or action.
The highest altitude at which an aircraft may fly.
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
Origin: From ceiling, from ceil + -ing.
the inside lining of a room overhead; the under side of the floor above; the upper surface opposite to the floor
the lining or finishing of any wall or other surface, with plaster, thin boards, etc.; also, the work when done
the inner planking of a vessel
Origin: [See Cell, v. t.]
A ceiling is an overhead interior surface that covers the upper limit of a room. It is not generally considered a structural element, but a finished surface concealing the underside of the floor or roof structure above. Ceilings are classified according to their appearance or construction. A cathedral ceiling is any tall ceiling area similar to those in a church. A dropped ceiling is one in which the finished surface is constructed anywhere from a few inches to several feet below the structure above it. This may be done for aesthetic purposes, such as achieving a desirable ceiling height; or practical purposes such as providing a space for HVAC or piping. An inverse of this would be a raised floor. A concave or barrel shaped ceiling is curved or rounded, usually for visual or acoustical value, while a coffered ceiling is divided into a grid of recessed square or octagonal panels, also called a "lacunar ceiling". A cove ceiling uses a curved plaster transition between wall and ceiling; it is named for cove molding, a molding with a concave curve. Ceilings have frequently been decorated with fresco painting, mosaic tiles and other surface treatments. While hard to execute a decorated ceiling has the advantage that it is largely protected from damage by fingers and dust. In the past, however, this was more than compensated for by the damage from smoke from candles or a fireplace. Many historic buildings have celebrated ceilings. Perhaps the most famous is the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The lining or planks on the inside of a ship's frame: these are placed on the flat of the floor, and carried up to the hold-beams. The term is a synonym of foot-waling (which see).
The ceiling symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the ceiling symbol and its characteristic.
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Rank popularity for the word 'ceiling' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4064
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ceiling' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3664
Rank popularity for the word 'ceiling' in Nouns Frequency: #1479
The numerical value of ceiling in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of ceiling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of ceiling in a Sentence
An output ceiling has no benefit to us.
The debt ceiling will be handled over a period of months.
By the time they see it in a ceiling, there's been a fair amount of water.
We will raise the debt ceiling, and there should n’t be any fear of that.
Not only can you fall off the floor, you can land face first on the ceiling.
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Translations for ceiling
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- sostreCatalan, Valencian
- strop, horní celá částCzech
- nenfydau, nenfwdWelsh
- οροφή, υψόμετρο, ταβάνιGreek
- lakikorkeus, sisäkatto, kattoFinnish
- plafond, partie entière par excèsFrench
- mullachScottish Gaelic
- առաստաղ, առիքArmenian
- 天井, 天井関数Japanese
- 天障, 천장Korean
- zoldering, plafondDutch
- plafon, tavanRomanian
- plafon, плафон, strop, стропSerbo-Croatian
- trần nhà, trầnVietnamese
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