ceiling


ceiling
noun
1 top surface inside a room
ADJECTIVE
high, low, tall (AmE)
cathedral (= a high ceiling with open space up to the roof) (AmE), domed, sloped (AmE), sloping (BrE), vaulted
drop (AmE), false, suspended
plaster
painted

The palace is famous for its painted ceilings.

VERB + CEILING
paint, plaster
reach, touch
drop (esp. AmE), lower
raise
support
CEILING + VERB
collapse
CEILING + NOUN
fan, light, tile
height
PREPOSITION
on the ceiling

a fly on the ceiling

PHRASES
from ceiling to floor, from floor to ceiling

The bathroom has mirrors from ceiling to floor.

2 top limit on wages, prices, etc.
ADJECTIVE
debt, expenditure, price
VERB + CEILING
impose, place, put, set

They've put a $50 ceiling on their admission charge.

abolish
lift, raise

The government has decided to lift price ceilings on bread and milk.

lower
break
PREPOSITION
ceiling on

a ceiling on imports


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Ceiling — Ceil ing, n. [See {Cell}, v. t.] 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • ceiling — I noun acme, altitude, apex, apogee, climax, culmination, extreme, extremity, farthest point, height, highest degree, highest point, limit, maximum, optimum, peak, pinnacle, record, roof, summit, tectum, top, ultimate, utmost, utmost extent,… …   Law dictionary

  • ceiling — [sē′liŋ] n. [< CEIL] 1. the inside top part or covering of a room, opposite the floor 2. any overhanging expanse seen from below 3. an upper limit set on anything, as by official regulation [a ceiling on prices] 4. Aeron. a) a cover …   English World dictionary

  • ceiling — mid 14c., celynge, paneling, any interior surface of a building, noun formed (with ING (Cf. ing)) from M.E. borrowing of M.Fr. verb celer to conceal, cover with paneling (12c.), from L. celare (see CELL (Cf. cell)); probably influenced by L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ceiling — [n1] top of a room baldachin, beam, canopy, covert, dome, fan vaulting, groin, highest point, housetop, plafond, planchement, plaster, roof, roofing, timber, topside covering; concept 440 Ant. floor ceiling [n2] maximum legal price, record,… …   New thesaurus

  • ceiling — ► NOUN 1) the upper inside surface of a room. 2) an upper limit set on prices, wages, or expenditure. 3) the maximum altitude an aircraft can reach. ORIGIN from obsolete ceil line or plaster the roof of (a building) , perhaps from Latin celare… …   English terms dictionary

  • Ceiling — For other uses, see Ceiling (disambiguation). A ceiling (pronounced /ˈsiːlɪŋ/) is an overhead interior surface that covers the upper limit of a room. It is generally not a structural element, but a finished surface concealing the underside of the …   Wikipedia

  • ceiling — An upper limit for a variable. For example, an adjustable rate mortgage may have a ceiling of 10 percent. In this case, the rate can be adjusted however the loan terms provide without exceeding 10 percent. Also called a cap. American Banker… …   Financial and business terms


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