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verb (used with object)
  1. to overlay (the ceiling of a building or room) with wood, plaster, etc.
  2. to provide with a ceiling.
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Origin of ceil

1400–50; late Middle English celen to cover, to panel < ?
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Related Words for ceil

stuff, cover, fill, quilt, overlay, wad, bush, face, reinforce, sheath, panel, incrust, encrust, wainscot, ceil, interline

Examples from the Web for ceil

Historical Examples of ceil

  • He piled them together in the centre of his ceil, and then hastened to barricade the second door he had attempted to force.

    Frederick The Great and His Family

    L. Muhlbach

  • Pink and ceil blue combined are very pretty, scarlet and gray, deep red and very light blue.

British Dictionary definitions for ceil


verb (tr)
  1. to line (a ceiling) with plaster, boarding, etc
  2. to provide with a ceiling
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Word Origin for ceil

C15 celen, perhaps back formation from ceiling
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