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ceiling noun

1 top surface inside a room

ADJ. high, low | domed, sloping, suspended, vaulted | painted The palace is famous for its 17th-century painted ceilings.

CEILING + VERB collapse

PREP. on the ~ a fly on the ceiling

PHRASES from ceiling to floor/from floor to ceiling The bathroom has mirrors from ceiling to floor.

2 top limit on wages/prices, etc.

ADJ. expenditure, price

VERB + CEILING impose, place, put, set They have put a ceiling on the price of petrol. | abolish | lift, raise The government has decided to lift price ceilings on bread, milk and other staples. | lower

PREP. ~ on a ceiling on imports