# Math.Ceiling Method (Double)

.NET Framework 4.6 and 4.5

Returns the smallest integral value that is greater than or equal to the specified double-precision floating-point number.

Namespace:  System
Assemblies:   mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
System.Runtime.Extensions (in System.Runtime.Extensions.dll)

## Syntax

```public static double Ceiling(
double a
)
```

#### Parameters

a
Type: System.Double

A double-precision floating-point number.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Double
The smallest integral value that is greater than or equal to a. If a is equal to NaN, NegativeInfinity, or PositiveInfinity, that value is returned. Note that this method returns a Double instead of an integral type.

## Remarks

The behavior of this method follows IEEE Standard 754, section 4. This kind of rounding is sometimes called rounding toward positive infinity. In other words, if a is positive, the presence of any fractional component causes a to be rounded to the next highest integer. If a is negative, the rounding operation causes any fractional component of a to be discarded. The operation of this method differs from the Floor(Double) method, which supports rounding toward negative infinity.

## Examples

The following example illustrates the Math.Ceiling(Double) method and contrasts it with the Floor(Double) method.

```double[] values = {7.03, 7.64, 0.12, -0.12, -7.1, -7.6};
Console.WriteLine("  Value          Ceiling          Floor\n");
foreach (double value in values)
Console.WriteLine("{0,7} {1,16} {2,14}",
value, Math.Ceiling(value), Math.Floor(value));
// The example displays the following output to the console:
//         Value          Ceiling          Floor
//
//          7.03                8              7
//          7.64                8              7
//          0.12                1              0
//         -0.12                0             -1
//          -7.1               -7             -8
//          -7.6               -7             -8
```

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

#### .NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

#### Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1
Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1
Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8