Ceiling - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsiːlɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word ceiling
Brit.  |ˈsiːlɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word ceiling

noun

- the overhead upper surface of a covered space

he hated painting the ceiling

- (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
- an upper limit on what is allowed(syn: cap, roof)

he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him

- maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)

Examples

The house has low ceilings.

The airplane has a ceiling of 32,000 feet.

A "ceiling" was set upon all commodity prices.

The government imposed a ceiling on imports of foreign cars.

a light hanging from the ceiling

a public spending ceiling of £240 bn

he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him

The ceiling's low—watch your head!

There's water dripping from the ceiling.

The top of the Christmas tree almost touches the ceiling.

One of the ceiling panels needs to be replaced.

He bent back to look up at the ceiling.

The ceiling was so low I had to duck.

The ceiling was so low I had to duck my head.

The room's ceiling was so low that we practically had to crawl.

Word forms

noun
singular: ceiling
plural: ceilings
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