[ kam-ber ]
See synonyms for: cambercamberedcambering on

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to arch slightly; bend or curve upward in the middle.

  1. a slight arching, upward curve, or convexity, as of the deck of a ship.

  2. a slightly arching piece of timber.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

Other words from camber

  • un·cam·bered, adjective

Words Nearby camber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use camber in a sentence

  • It is usually bent to a "camber," and the brick arch built upon it naturally takes the same curve.

  • That means the Chord can be proportionately decreased without adversely affecting the camber.

  • The main surface towards the wing-tips is given a decreasing angle of incidence and corresponding camber.

  • Then, in order that the lift-drift ratio may be preserved, there must be a corresponding decrease in the camber.

  • Then they had tea in the house below the club-house on the left-hand side of the road as you go towards camber Sands.

    December Love | Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for camber


/ (ˈkæmbə) /

  1. a slight upward curve to the centre of the surface of a road, ship's deck, etc

  2. another name for bank 2 (def. 7)

  1. 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

  2. Also called: hog a small arching curve of a beam or girder provided to lessen deflection and improve appearance

  3. aerofoil curvature expressed by the ratio of the maximum height of the aerofoil mean line to its chord

  1. to form or be formed with a surface that curves upwards to its centre

Origin of camber

C17: from Old French (northern dialect) cambre curved, from Latin camurus; related to camera chamber

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