absolute ceiling
noun Date: circa 1920 the maximum height above sea level at which a particular airplane can maintain horizontal flight under standard air conditions — called also ceiling

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  • absolute ceiling — n. the maximum altitude above sea level at which a given aircraft can maintain normal horizontal flight …   English World dictionary

  • absolute ceiling — noun the maximum altitude at which an airplane can maintain horizontal flight • Hypernyms: ↑ceiling * * * noun : the maximum height above sea level at which a particular airplane can maintain horizontal flight under standard air conditions called …   Useful english dictionary

  • absolute ceiling — The maximum altitude at which a sustained rate of climb is no longer possible (i.e., the rate of climb is zero). At this altitude, the maximum power available curve just about touches the power required curve, meaning there is no reserve of power …   Aviation dictionary

  • absolute ceiling — Aeron. ceiling (def. 3b). [‡1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • absolute ceiling — The height at which the rate of climb of an aircraft, in standard atmosphere, would be zero; the maximum height attainable under standard conditions …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Ceiling (aeronautics) — In aeronautics, a ceiling is the maximum density altitude an aircraft can reach under a set of conditions.ervice ceilingThe service ceiling attempts to capture the maximum usable altitude of an aircraft. Specifically, it is the density altitude… …   Wikipedia

  • absolute aerodynamic ceiling — The altitude at which an aircraft’s maximum rate of climb falls to zero under specified conditions. This is the greatest height achievable except during a zoom climb. The usual conditions are ISA (international standard atmosphere); 1 g,… …   Aviation dictionary

  • ceiling — ceilinged, adj. /see ling/, n. 1. the overhead interior surface of a room. 2. the top limit imposed by law on the amount of money that can be charged or spent or the quantity of goods that can be produced or sold. 3. Aeron. a. the maximum… …   Universalium

  • ceiling — noun Etymology: Middle English celing, from celen Date: 1535 1. a. the overhead inside lining of a room b. material used to ceil a wall or roof of a room 2. something thought of as an overhanging shelter or a lofty canopy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ceiling — i. The height above the ground or water of the base of the lowest layer of cloud below 6000 m (20,000 ft), covering more than half the sky (ICAO). The term also refers to the vertical visibility in a surface based layer that completely obscures… …   Aviation dictionary

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