- the maximum altitude from which the earth can be seen on a particular day, usually equal to the distance between the earth and the base of the lowest cloud bank.
- Also called absolute ceiling. the maximum altitude at which a particular aircraft can operate under specified conditions.
Idioms for ceiling
OTHER WORDS FROM ceilingceil·inged, adjectivesub·ceil·ing, nounun·ceil·inged, adjectiveun·der·ceil·ing, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ceilingceiling sealing
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British Dictionary definitions for hit the ceiling
- an upper limit, such as one set by regulation on prices or wages
- (as modifier)ceiling prices
Word Origin for ceiling
Cultural definitions for hit the ceiling
To become extremely angry: “When Corey found out someone had stolen his CD player, he really hit the ceiling.”
Idioms and Phrases with hit the ceiling (1 of 2)
Also, hit the roof. Explode in anger, as in Jane hit the ceiling when she saw her grades, or Dad hit the roof when he didn't get his usual bonus. The first expression dates from the early 1900s; the second is a version of a 16th-century locution, up in the house roof or house-top, meaning “enraged.”
Idioms and Phrases with hit the ceiling (2 of 2)
see glass ceiling; hit the ceiling.