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# ceiling(+Number, -Result)

Unifies Result with the least integral value that is greater than or equal to
Number and of the same numeric type as Number.
*Number*
- A number.
*Result*
- A variable or number.

## Description

This predicate is used by the ECLiPSe compiler to expand evaluable
arithmetic expressions. So the call to ceiling(Number, Result) is
equivalent to
Result is ceiling(Number)

which should be preferred.
This operation works on all numeric types. The result value is the
smallest integral value that is greater than Number (rounding up
towards positive infinity).

The result type is the same as the argument type. To convert the
type to integer, use integer/2.

In coroutining mode, if Number is uninstantiated, the call to ceiling/2
is delayed until this variable is instantiated.

### Modes and Determinism

### Exceptions

*(4) instantiation fault *
- Number is not instantiated (non-coroutining mode only).
*(5) type error *
- Result and Number are numbers of different types.
*(24) number expected *
- Number is not of a numeric type.
*(24) number expected *
- Result is neither a number nor a variable.

## Examples

Success:
ceiling(1.8, 2.0).
ceiling(-1.8, -1.0).
ceiling(5, 5).
ceiling(-6.4, Result). (gives Result = -6.0)
Fail:
ceiling(0.0, 1.0).
Error:
ceiling(A, 6.0). (Error 4).
ceiling(0.5, 0). (Error 5).
ceiling(1, r). (Error 24).
ceiling(4 + 2.3, 6.0). (Error 24).

## See Also

is / 2, floor / 2, round / 2, truncate / 2, integer / 2