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[kam-ber] /ˈkæm bər/
verb (used with or without object)
to arch slightly; bend or curve upward in the middle.
a slight arching, upward curve, or convexity, as of the deck of a ship.
a slightly arching piece of timber.
Aeronautics. the rise of the curve of an airfoil, usually expressed as the ratio of the rise to the length of the chord of the airfoil.
Automotive. the outward or inward tilt of a wheel, called positive when the top tilts outward and negative when it tilts inward, measured as the angle, in degrees, between the vertical and a plane through the circumference of the tire.
Origin of camber
1610-20; < Middle French (north) cambre bent < Latin camur hooked, curved
Related forms
uncambered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for camber
Historical Examples
  • The practice is to give these girder boxes a camber of ½-in.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The camber of the surface is designed for this angle of incidence and velocity.

  • They have not as great a curve 107 or camber as most biplanes, which increases their speed.

  • That is why we are here, Mr. camber, and that is why the police will be here at any moment.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • I wonder if you fully realize the danger of your position, Mr. camber?

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  • No man newly come from so bloody a deed could have acted as camber acted now.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • camber seemed to be quite composed, although his face was unusually pale.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • He is wading hopelessly, Knox, but even he cannot fail to learn about camber to-morrow.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • He really feared for his life, since he knew that camber had discovered the intrigue.

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  • It, appears to me that the case against camber is finally and fatally complete.

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British Dictionary definitions for camber


a slight upward curve to the centre of the surface of a road, ship's deck, etc
another name for bank2 (sense 7)
an outward inclination of the front wheels of a road vehicle so that they are slightly closer together at the bottom than at the top
Also called hog. a small arching curve of a beam or girder provided to lessen deflection and improve appearance
aerofoil curvature expressed by the ratio of the maximum height of the aerofoil mean line to its chord
to form or be formed with a surface that curves upwards to its centre
Word Origin
C17: from Old French (northern dialect) cambre curved, from Latin camurus; related to camerachamber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for camber

1610s, nautical term, from Old French cambre, chambre "bent," from Latin camurum (nominative camur) "crooked, arched;" related to camera.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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