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English noun: ceiling

1. ceiling (artifact) the overhead upper surface of a covered space

SamplesHe hated painting the ceiling.

Broader (hypernym)upper surface

Narrower (hyponym)overhead

Part meronymhall, hallway, room

2. ceiling (attribute) (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds

Broader (hypernym)altitude, height

Domain categorymeteorology

3. ceiling (communication) an upper limit on what is allowed

SamplesHe put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him.
There was a roof on salaries.
They established a cap for prices.

Synonymscap, roof

Broader (hypernym)control

Narrower (hyponym)glass ceiling

4. ceiling (attribute) maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)

Broader (hypernym)altitude, height

Narrower (hyponym)absolute ceiling, combat ceiling, service ceiling

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