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1. the inner upper surface of a room
a. an upper limit, such as one set by regulation on prices or wages
b. (as modifier): ceiling prices
3. the upper altitude to which an aircraft can climb measured under specified conditions
4. Meteorol the highest level in the atmosphere from which the earth's surface is visible at a particular time, usually the base of a cloud layer
5. a wooden or metal surface fixed to the interior frames of a vessel for rigidity


The undercovering of a roof or floor; generally concealing the structural members from the room or roof above, or the underside surface. It may have a flat or curved surface, and be self-supporting, suspended from the floor above, or supported from hidden or exposed beams.

exposed ceiling

A ceiling in which all the structural and mechanical systems are left exposed, either in their natural state or painted.

false ceiling

A ceiling suspended or hung from the floor above, which hides the underneath structure and provides a space for the mechanical systems, wires and ducts.

luminous ceiling

A system in which the whole ceiling is translucent with lamps that are installed above and suspended from a structural ceiling.

suspended ceiling

A nonstructural ceiling suspended below the overhead structural slab or from the structural elements of a building and not bearing on the walls.



the overhead inside lining of a room; a group of structural elements forming a secondary covering that is suspended from the roof.

Ceilings’ may be smooth or have projecting ribs, coffers, or other sculptured details. Smooth ceilings may or may not cover beams. They are made from plaster, boards, or sheeting materials. Suspended ceilings are used mainly to provide better sound absorption and to increase the sound insulation of the roof. They also conceal ventilation ducts, heating pipes, and electrical wiring. Such ceilings are used as decorative elements in interior design.

In modern mass-scale housing construction, the smoothing of seams and painting constitute the principal method for finishing ceilings made of slabs and panels. In public buildings, ceilings are more and more often being faced with slab materials having good acoustic properties. Such materials include perforated aluminum panels and porous plasterboard with a sound-absorbent fiberglass layer. In a room whose ceiling serves as an element of interior design, more decorative painted or sculptured finishes are used.



(building construction)
The covering made of plaster, boards, or other material that constitutes the overhead surface in a room.
The smallest integer that is equal to or greater than a given real number a ; symbolized ⌈ a ⌉.
In the United States, the height ascribed to the lowest layer of clouds or of obscuring phenomena when it is reported as broken, overcast, or obscuration and not classified as thin or partial.


The overhead surface of a room, usually a covering or decorative treatment used to conceal the floor above or the roof.


i. The height above the ground or water of the base of the lowest layer of cloud below 6000 m (20,000 ft), covering more than half the sky (ICAO). The term also refers to the vertical visibility in a surface-based layer that completely obscures the whole sky, whichever is lesser.
ii. The highest pressure altitude that can be reached by an aircraft, excepting a zoom climb. At this altitude, the aircraft rate of climb is zero. Also called absolute ceiling.
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From September 2010 to June 2013, Fast Easy Loans Pty Ltd (Fast Easy) acted as the broker for a related lender, Easy Finance Loans Pty Ltd (Easy Finance), and unlawfully charged consumers a brokerage fee in excess of certain state and territory interest rate caps.
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On behalf of the consumer lobby, Proxmire resisted adjustable rate mortgages--he now admits he was wrong--and insisted that the deposit interest rate cap be lifted.
Originally, the colonies imported English law, which included an interest rate cap statute called the Statute of Anne.
The cost of the interest rate cap is limited to the excess of par over the purchase price of the asset, not to exceed the actual price of the interest rate cap.
At best, the House Commerce Committee's maneuver earlier in March to prevent the full House from voting on a bill that would set an interest rate cap on so-called payday loans was regrettable.
Average Borrower Pays Back $793 for $325 Loan; Center for Responsible Lending Recommends 36% Interest Rate Cap
VaPERL urges lawmakers to repeal the Payday Loan Act and require that payday lenders operate under the same 36 percent interest rate cap that applies to other small loan lenders in the Commonwealth.
10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Responsible Lending endorsed a Department of Defense study released today that shows predatory lenders are preying on America's service members, and President Michael Calhoun said Congress should enact the 36-percent annual interest rate cap that the Pentagon report recommends.
An interest rate swap agreement and an interest rate cap agreement, both with ABN AMRO Bank N.
The adjustment relates to the Company's accounting under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities (SFAS 133), for an interest rate cap entered into in connection with its trust preferred debt instrument.
today announced it has entered into multiple interest rate cap agreements to eliminate its exposure to increases in interest rates on $109 million of its total outstanding indebtedness of $227 million.