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service ceiling

the height above sea level, measured under standard conditions, at which the rate of climb of an aircraft has fallen to a specified amount Compare absolute ceiling
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  • When the altimeter marked thirteen thousand she began to worry, for the service ceiling of her plane was but two thousand higher.

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