|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]|
To become extremely angry: “When Corey found out someone had stolen his CD player, he really hit the ceiling.”
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.
hit the ceiling
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."