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Webster 1913 Edition


Ceiling

Ceil′ing

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Noun.
[See
Cell
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Verb.
T.
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1.
(Arch.)
(a)
The inside lining of a room overhead; the under side of the floor above; the upper surface opposite to the floor.
(b)
The lining or finishing of any wall or other surface, with plaster, thin boards, etc.; also, the work when done.
2.
(Naut.)
The inner planking of a vessel.
Camp ceiling
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See under
Camp
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Ceiling boards
,
Thin narrow boards used to ceil with.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ceiling

CEILING

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ppr.
Covering the top of a room or building.

CEILING

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Noun.
1.
The covering which overlays the inner roof of a building, or the timbers which form the top of a room. This covering may be of boards, or of lath and plastering. Hence ceiling is used for the upper part of a room.
2.
In ship building, the inside planks of a ship.

Definition 2022


ceiling

ceiling

English

Noun

ceiling (plural ceilings)

  1. The surface that bounds the upper limit of a room.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess:
      The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, [].
    the dining room had an ornate ceiling
  2. The upper limit of an object or action.
    price ceilings
  3. (aviation) The highest altitude at which an aircraft may fly.
  4. (mathematics) 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
  5. (nautical) The inner planking of a vessel.

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Verb

ceiling

  1. present participle of ceil