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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
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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.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.


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(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


The overhead surface of a room, usually a covering or decorative treatment used to conceal the floor above or the roof.
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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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This can be accomplished by writing the interest rate cap directly into the loan agreement with Commercial and by explicitly stating that the cap is not transferable.
The previous installment of this overview of derivative products, which appeared in Government Finance Review in February 1993, discussed interest rate caps, floors and collars.
An interest rate floor closely resembles an interest rate cap but the former is more like a put option than a call option contract.
In January, the Legislature will take up House Bill 267, a bill placing an interest rate cap of 36 percent APR on payday and auto title loans.
One of its flagship Fourways Junction Phase 1 project comprises 256 units.The interest rate cap of 2016 coupled with an overall non-performing loan ratio of 12 per cent led banks to tighten their credit standards and offer variable loans rate, locking out middle to low-income would-be homeowners.
Both aspects constitute mitigating factors against the risk of rising interest rates after the expiry of the interest rate cap.
Under this change, FRNs without interest rate cap, EURIBOR3, maturity 2018, will have a new coupon, effective 1 July 2015, of 0.0000 % per annum.
The full House Commerce Committee--which has long shot down interest rate cap proposals is expected to endorse the position at the end of the month.
Central Bank of Kenya's incentives to commercial banks and financial products can help ease the credit crunch to SMEs in the next 11 months as the sector awaits for parliament's amendment on interest rate cap.
Much of the increase for the second quarter of 2018 can be attributed to the mark to market gain associated with the interest rate cap, which was entered into during the fourth quarter 2017.
Global Banking News-August 30, 2016--CMA Kenya to prepare for financial shocks following interest rate cap
Last year, state Banking Commissioner Peter Hildreth testified in favor of an interest rate cap, saying he was concerned that New Hampshire would become a magnet for such borrowers.