[ seel ]
/ sil /
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verb (used with object)
to overlay (the ceiling of a building or room) with wood, plaster, etc.
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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How to use ceil in a sentence
To make sure of his game he had likewise ceiled the upper room all around, including the enclosure of the stairs.The Staircase At The Hearts Delight|Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
Shoji next are opened, disclosing often the dull green mosquito net hung from corner to corner of the low-ceiled sleeping rooms.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
With the pleasure and security of the palace, the ceiled house, came the wish of the devout soul to erect a temple to God.
The low-ceiled dining-room suddenly shrank about the big-boned, long legged hill man.Greyfriars Bobby|Eleanor Atkinson
Albert and Ralph found themselves, with four smaller Hoyers, in an enormous low-ceiled room with many windows.Boyhood in Norway|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
British Dictionary definitions for ceil
/ (siːl) /
to line (a ceiling) with plaster, boarding, etc
to provide with a ceiling
Word Origin for ceil
C15 celen, perhaps back formation from ceiling
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