The ceiling and roof were made of concrete, not wood and sheet metal as the contract specified.
My host gleefully took aim at his ceiling and mock-strafed imaginary F-16s.
Holes in the ceiling let in the rain, which has collected in stagnant pools in the corners of classrooms.
Face red, eyes bulging to the ceiling, she lifted the bar from its stand and then lowered herself onto her haunches.
I told them excitedly that a few times during the show puppets and marionettes would drop from the ceiling.
The ceiling of this strange room was now their floor, but Rawson was not deceived.
The colonel scratched his chin and looked up to the ceiling.
A lamp pendant from the ceiling was uncovered, and they pointed to a table.
The colonel bit off the end of his cigar and contemplated the ceiling reflectively.
Adam, who had been helping in the latter stages, squinted at the ceiling of the box.
mid-14c., celynge, "act of paneling a room," noun formed (with -ing) from Middle English verb ceil "put a cover or ceiling over," later "cover (walls) with wainscoting, panels, etc." (early 15c.); probably from Middle French celer "to conceal," also "cover with paneling" (12c.), from Latin celare (see cell). Probably influenced by Latin caelum "heaven, sky" (see celestial).
Extended to the paneling itself from late 14c. The meaning "top surface of a room" is attested by 1530s. Figurative sense "upper limit" is from 1934. Colloquial figurative phrase hit the ceiling "lose one's temper, get explosively angry" attested by 1908; earlier it meant "to fail" (by 1900, originally U.S. college slang). Glass ceiling in the figurative sense of "invisible barrier that prevents women from advancing" in management, etc., is attested from 1988.
An upper limit: The Gov put a two-billiondollar ceiling on office expenses
[1930s+; probably fr ceiling, ''the highest an airplane can go,'' which is attested from 1917]