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Definition of ceiling noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the top inside surface of a room She lay on her back staring up at the ceiling. a large room with a high ceiling The walls and ceiling were painted white.
  2. 2the highest limit or amount of something price ceilings They raised the ceiling on the federal debt. compare floor
  3. 3(technology) the greatest height at which a particular aircraft is able to fly an aircraft with a ceiling of 20,000 feet see also glass ceiling
  4. Idioms
    hit the ceiling/roof (informal)
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    to suddenly become very angry
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