• "It rose at once to the ceiling."
    "It rose at once to the ceiling."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ceiling the overhead upper surface of a covered space "he hated painting the ceiling"
    • n ceiling (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
    • n ceiling maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
    • n ceiling 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Siding, Ceiling, Flooring Siding, Ceiling, Flooring
Showing wooden ceiling and decorated walls Showing wooden ceiling and decorated walls
A large living area, with extensive decoration on walls and ceiling A large living area, with extensive decoration on walls and ceiling
Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up
Showing large central arch and wooden ceiling; windows set into smaller arches Showing large central arch and wooden ceiling; windows set into smaller arches
Showing extensive and complex decoration on the walls and vaulted ceiling Showing extensive and complex decoration on the walls and vaulted ceiling
Arches leading up to a high ceiling; this and the walls are heavily decorated Arches leading up to a high ceiling; this and the walls are heavily decorated

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Central air conditioners use 98% more energy than ceiling fans.
    • Ceiling (Naut) The inner planking of a vessel.
    • Ceiling (Arch) The inside lining of a room overhead; the under side of the floor above; the upper surface opposite to the floor.
    • Ceiling (Arch) The lining or finishing of any wall or other surface, with plaster, thin boards, etc.; also, the work when done.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rene Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.
    • n ceiling A canopy; hangings; properly, hangings overhead, but by extension also side-hangings; tapestry.
    • n ceiling The interior overhead surface of an apartment, usually formed of a lining of some kind affixed to the under side of joists supporting the floor above, or to rafters; the horizontal or curved surface of an interior, opposite the floor. In ordinary modern buildings it is usually finished with or formed of lath-and-plaster work.
    • n ceiling Wainscoting; wainscot.
    • n ceiling The lining of planks on the inside of a ship's frame.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The three central panels on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel tell the story of Adam and Eve.
    • n Ceiling the inner roof of a room
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  • Harvey C. Fruehauf
    Harvey C. Fruehauf
    “There's no ceiling on effort!”
  • Jesse Jackson
    “We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.”


Glass ceiling - The glass ceiling is the discrimination that prevents women and minorities from getting promoted to the highest levels of companies and organisations.
Hit the ceiling - If someone hits the ceiling, they lose their temper and become very angry.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Cell (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with Fr. ciel, It. cielo, Low L. cælum, a canopy.


In literature:

The wall and ceiling decorations now mostly used are in dark, rich colors, shaded in maroons or deep reds.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Johnny had fired at the ceiling, but this was quite enough.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
It has a flat plaster ceiling, part of the "new and lighter roof" imposed on the lowered walls in 1758.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
From his form among frost-blackened rag-weeds, the trap-robber could see only the plastered ceiling of the bed chamber.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Barnes (W.) on carved ceiling in Dorsetshire, 481.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
The strangeness of the ceiling overhead drew his attention.
"Wanted--7 Fearless Engineers!" by Warner Van Lorne
A slate has to be put on the roof frequently, and the walls and ceiling have to be whitewashed.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Otherwise, you'd clonk your head on the ceiling.
"The Risk Profession" by Donald Edwin Westlake
The walls and the ceiling of the large ball-room were of thick, but transparent crystal.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It was growing dusky; nobody had lighted the ceiling lamp.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers

In poetry:

With feet unwiped he rushes headlong
On gusts of draught into the hall
And whirls the curtain, like a dancer,
Towards the ceiling, up the wall.
"July" by Boris Pasternak
It is as if the pine-trees called me
From ceiled room and silent books,
To see the dance of woodland shadows,
And hear the song of April brooks!
"The First Flowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ah! reminders of living fondness
Gleam out in their pictured looks;
And in ranks round from floor to ceiling,
Are my life-long friends, my books.
"Retrospect" by Nora Pembroke
While lounging in a chair, I looked up at the ceiling
Where, teasing my imagination,
A circle hangs above the quiet lamp,
And spins just like a ghostly shadow.
"While Lounging In A Chair" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
It is so peaceful on the ceiling!
It is the Place de la Concorde.
The little crystal chandelier
is off, the fountain is in the dark.
Not a soul is in the park.
"Sleeping on the Ceiling" by Elizabeth Bishop
"Have you forgotten me?" "No!" I cried.
"Your hall was as narrow as this is wide,
Your roof was leaky, the rain came
Till a ceiling fell, on my new frock too!
"The Little House" by Fay Inchfawn

In news:

One of the great dilemmas in residential design is finding a good-looking ceiling fan.
Stooped under a coffin-shaped sculpture that hangs from the ceiling, Terrance Graven lifts up a bone-handled knife.
I t's early evening at Santos' Party House downtown, where a homemade fish-tank chandelier is suspended from the ceiling.
Mold Defense gypsum for interior wall and ceiling applications features a moisture-resistant core and treated paper facings on the front, back, and long edges.
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the lighthouse and Greenwood Lake.
Gone are the office-tile ceiling, teak-wood bar top, and '90s glass lampshades.
All three styling stations in the basement are bolted to the ceiling.
To-the-ceiling fixtures that run up to of 86 feet in length create vertical panels of color with mass displays of fruits, vegetables and cut-fruit trays.
The Baghdad Police College was built so poorly that feces and urine trickle from the ceilings, and floors rise inches off the ground and crack apart.
Boehner's Debt Ceiling Talk Gives GOP, Romney Economic High Ground .
John Boehner's debt ceiling move gives Republicans the political high ground on the economy.
If there was ever a glass ceiling in Spokane's music scene, Hotbox is breaking it.
"It is not acceptable for us not to raise the debt ceiling and to allow the US government to default"—President Obama, July 2011.
MC Lakota Jonez Raps on Hip-Hop's Glass Ceiling.
Speaks during a news conference on debt ceiling legislation on Capitol Hill on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Washington.

In science:

Furthermore, the peculiar behaviors of the ”no-ceiling model” are also proved to be preserved in our isotropic model by introducing an infinite number of unitary transformations, as shown below.
New Random Ordered Phase in Isotropic Models with Many-body Interactions
This is a nice and interesting recursive result but only exact for a subset of n that when when n = 2m , which uses two multiplications and the ceiling function in each call.
Golden and Alternating, fast simple O(lg n) algorithms for Fibonacci
The first one is generous provisioning. This kind of provisioning considers all providers that can satisfy above the floor value of QoS requirement as prospective, including those who can satisfy above the ceiling value of the requirement. The second alternative is called tight provisioning.
An Architectural Design for Brokered Collaborative Content Delivery System
At Memphis airport, average taxi time is reduced by 6.6 percent during Visual Approach conditions (visibility greater than five miles and ceiling greater than 5000 feet) , and by 17.5 percent during Instrument Approach conditions.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Here ⌈·⌉ and ⌊·⌋ are the “ceiling” and “floor” functions.
Divisibility properties for C*-algebras