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CEILING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ceiling mean? 

CEILING (noun)
  The noun CEILING has 4 senses:

1. the overhead upper surface of a room
2. (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
3. an upper limit on what is allowed
4. maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)

  Familiarity information: CEILING used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CEILING (noun)


Sense 1ceiling [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The overhead upper surface of a room

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he hated painting the ceiling

Hypernyms ("ceiling" is a kind of...):

upper surface (the side that is uppermost)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ceiling"):

overhead ((nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship)

Holonyms ("ceiling" is a part of...):

hall; hallway (an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open)

room (an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling)


Sense 2ceiling [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("ceiling" is a kind of...):

altitude; height (elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface)

Domain category:

meteorology (the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere (especially weather))


Sense 3ceiling [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An upper limit on what is allowed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

ceiling; cap

Context example:

they established a cap for prices

Hypernyms ("ceiling" is a kind of...):

control (the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ceiling"):

glass ceiling (a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions)


Sense 4ceiling [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("ceiling" is a kind of...):

altitude; height (elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ceiling"):

absolute ceiling (the maximum altitude at which an airplane can maintain horizontal flight)

combat ceiling; service ceiling (altitude above which a plane cannot climb faster than a given rate)


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