Definition of ceiling in English:

ceiling

noun

  • 1The upper interior surface of a room or other similar compartment.

    ‘the books were stacked from floor to ceiling’
    • ‘The traditional Scottish tower house has flagstone floors and a vaulted ceiling in the dining room.’
    • ‘Do not step through attic floor joists onto the ceiling of the room below.’
    • ‘It was the only one with a bathroom - a brand new one, all pink - which occupied one third of a cottage with minute rooms, low ceilings, dirt floors, and no windows.’
    • ‘And carefully consider each step before you begin ripping into wall and basement ceilings to make room for that second set of pipes.’
    • ‘Set in what looks like a vast wine cellar, the walls and ceilings of the main room are exposed brick, as is the private back room space that holds up to 140 people.’
    • ‘The interconnecting family room has a pine-panelled ceiling, double Velux windows and an Italian tiled floor.’
    • ‘Since it is on the first floor there are high ceilings and the sitting room has elegant, full-length windows overlooking the square.’
    • ‘Some people are filled with a sense of freedom and openness when they walk into a large, near-empty room with a high ceiling, high windows and plenty of light.’
    • ‘The side-mounted styles are handy for rooms with low ceilings or limited floor space.’
    • ‘Both of these rooms have floor to ceiling picture windows as well as garden access.’
    • ‘He restored the brickwork, plastering, floors and ceilings room by room.’
    • ‘The airy rooms had high ceilings; windows and doors opened onto shady verandahs.’
    • ‘The walls, floors and ceilings of the classrooms in the school have been painted with pictures either made by pupils or local artists.’
    • ‘It took on a vaguely human outline and grew until it filled the room ceiling to floor.’
    • ‘Hard landscape materials are the walls, floors and ceilings of our outdoor rooms.’
    • ‘The rooms, with high ceilings and parquet floors, have been furnished with flair by the owner, Otto Wiesenthal, and are hung with contemporary art from his private collection.’
    • ‘Check the level of insulation in your exterior and basement walls, ceilings, attic, floors, and crawl spaces.’
    • ‘Finally, the attic conversion has added two further rooms with walls and ceilings panelled in white deal.’
    • ‘All surfaces including walls, windows, ceilings, floors and ceramics should be tested.’
    • ‘Since then the bedroom ceiling has collapsed into the room and the bathroom ceiling is coming down on me as well.’
    roof, vault, vaulting
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    1. 1.1 An upper limit set on prices, wages, or expenditure.
      ‘the government imposed a wage ceiling of 3 per cent’
      • ‘There is no natural ceiling to limit the price of market water.’
      • ‘One of the main problems is that Ofcom can only introduce price ceilings for BT because it is the dominant telecoms provider.’
      • ‘By accepting the ceiling on total expenditures, the European Parliament would gain credibility with governments and the electorate.’
      • ‘The 1820s still suffered agricultural depression despite a high ceiling for corn prices in years of poor harvests.’
      • ‘The bill does not propose to impose a ceiling on the level of interest rates that can be charged by loan companies, which some organisations feel is a mistake.’
      • ‘But the ceiling on prices does not necessarily mean a crash is inevitable.’
      • ‘The development of an economically viable way to extract oil from oil shale would put a ceiling on oil prices and would extend the oil era by decades.’
      • ‘Also, strict wage ceilings were maintained on public enterprises.’
      • ‘The only problem is that placing a ceiling on wages, although it makes business sense, means United will continue to lag behind Spain and Italy when it comes to paying players.’
      • ‘Hill insisted the England squad would strike if the £20 wage ceiling was not lifted.’
      • ‘The doctors began an indefinite strike against CPS's plans to impose a ceiling on the yearly level of reimbursed care.’
      • ‘But many analysts agree that the new price ceilings won't limit the ability of most power companies to make a profit in the region.’
      • ‘The commission criticised poor financial management, breaches in employment ceilings and unauthorised expenditure in the health system.’
      • ‘Other alternatives proposed to the government include setting up a ceiling price on imported rice and applying a special customs inspection, he said.’
      • ‘Soon, the ceiling on poll expenditure was increased with necessary amendments to the law.’
      • ‘Efforts are underway for establishing a price ceiling in this industry.’
      • ‘Annual price rises would be limited to a ceiling determined by the government in line with inflation and exchange rate considerations.’
      • ‘It's another economic certainty: price ceilings cause a shortage of sellers.’
      • ‘Fares on some routes would leap to their price ceiling, or 25 per cent above the reference price.’
      • ‘Government sets price ceilings and floors, dictates wages through laws and labor courts, and confiscates profits.’
      upper limit, maximum, limitation, highest permissible level, highest permissible value
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    2. 1.2 The maximum altitude that a particular aircraft can reach.
      ‘the aircraft's quoted ceiling of 24,000 feet’
      • ‘This had super-charged engines and had a flying ceiling of 30,000 feet - in excess of what the Douglas could do.’
      • ‘The new aircraft will also allow pilots to increase their flying hours from 150 to 200 because of the aircraft's higher operating ceiling.’
      • ‘The maximum cruise speed of the aircraft is 500 km per hour and the altitude ceiling 9,500 m.’
      • ‘A number of miles passed under the nose as the aircraft brushed the bottom of the weather ceiling.’
    3. 1.3 The altitude of the base of a cloud layer.
      • ‘The cloud ceiling was about 9,000 feet, with a temperature of 62 degrees.’
      • ‘The forecast called for low ceilings and heavy showers, and for once, the weather-guessers were correct.’
      • ‘The weather was VFR, with visibility at 25 miles and a broken ceiling at 20,000 feet.’
      • ‘Observations were not made in rain, snow, or fog, or when the cloud ceiling was less than 100 m AGL.’
      • ‘The weather ceiling was broken from 1,000 to 3,000 feet and layered above 10,000 feet.’
      • ‘On the day of the flight, the weather was typical Pacific Northwest: low ceilings, rainy and cool.’
      • ‘A call to the forecasters confirmed weather around the ship was 250-foot ceilings and half-mile visibility.’
      • ‘All the clouds were below 20,000 feet, with broken ceilings and embedded thunderstorms.’
      • ‘North Island Metro said the ceiling wasn't forecast to go any lower than 2,000 feet, with a slim chance of rain in the vicinity.’
      • ‘Although we had low ceilings and snowfall during our stay, the morning of our departure dawned with only scattered clouds at 25,000 feet.’
      • ‘The pilot of a single-engine Piper Cherokee flew in marginal VFR conditions when the ceiling suddenly dropped.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the dragons can't climb above the cloud ceiling so the five travelers are stuck in the horrid weather.’
      • ‘Weather called for low ceilings and light precipitation throughout the morning, so we discussed a backup plan.’
  • 2Nautical
    The inside planking of a ship's bottom and sides.

    • ‘Suddenly a thud knocked the shuttle ninety degrees as the crew inside were bashed against the ceiling of the small craft.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting the action of lining the interior of a room with plaster or panelling): from ceil + -ing. ceiling (sense 1) dates from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation

ceiling

/ˈsiːlɪŋ/