|1.||the inner upper surface of a room|
|2.||a. an upper limit, such as one set by regulation on prices or wages|
|b. (as modifier): ceiling prices|
|3.||service ceiling See also absolute ceiling the upper altitude to which an aircraft can climb measured under specified conditions|
|4.||meteorol the highest level in the atmosphere from which the earth's surface is visible at a particular time, usually the base of a cloud layer|
|5.||a wooden or metal surface fixed to the interior frames of a vessel for rigidity|
|[C14: of uncertain origin]|
the covering (1 Kings 7:3,7) of the inside roof and walls of a house with planks of wood (2 Chr. 3:5; Jer. 22:14). Ceilings were sometimes adorned with various ornaments in stucco, gold, silver, gems, and ivory. The ceilings of the temple and of Solomon's palace are described 1 Kings 6:9, 15; 7:3; 2 Chr. 3:5,9.