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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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On three to five-year maturity FCNR deposits, the rate ceiling will be relaxed to 300 basis points above LIBOR.
The alert said it allowed a higher rate because it believes that CUs would not be able to cost-effectively operate a short-term small loan program with the 18% rate ceiling.
The cap was a compromise reached between legislators and the executive branch and lower than the fixed rate ceiling originally included in the bill, which was put forth by some legislators earlier this year.
CONAMI, for example, sets the annual interest rate ceiling at a mere 6 percent.
The idea for a rate ceiling came when the commission recently voted to lift the Energy Cost Adjustment Factor, a pass-through to ratepayers to cover the cost of fuel.
CII suggestions also include increase in tax refund rates by about five per cent, removal of seven per cent interest rate ceiling on export credit and two per cent interest subsidy.
15 which would permanently remove the rate ceiling on capacity-release transactions of one year or less.
15 which would remove, on a permanent basis, the rate ceiling on capacity release transactions of one year or less.
POVERTY: A statutory interest rate ceiling in the UK, in line with most other European countries, to protect the poorest families from exploitation by credit companies and loan sharks.
The Department of Trade and Industry said research had shown that introducing a rate ceiling had a negative effect on low-income borrowers.
impose a statutory interest rate ceiling in the UK, in line with most other European countries, to protect the poorest families from exploitation by credit companies and loan sharks.
If a 50 per cent rate was introduced on earnings over pounds 50,000, and 60 per cent above pounds 100,000, the basic rate ceiling could be lifted to pounds 50,000, cutting tax by pounds 2,680 a year, or more than pounds 51 a week.