CEIL returns the smallest integer that is greater than or equal to n. The number n can always be written as the difference of an integer k and a positive fraction f such that 0 <= f < 1 and n = k - f. The value of CEIL is the integer k. Thus, the value of CEIL is n itself if and only if n is precisely an integer.

This function takes as an argument any numeric data type or any nonnumeric data type that can be implicitly converted to a numeric data type. The function returns the same data type as the numeric data type of the argument.

See Also:

Table 2-8 for more information on implicit conversion and FLOOR


The following example returns the smallest integer greater than or equal to the order total of a specified order:

SELECT order_total, CEIL(order_total)
  FROM orders
  WHERE order_id = 2434;

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