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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to arch slightly; bend or curve upward in the middle.
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  1. a slight arching, upward curve, or convexity, as of the deck of a ship.
  2. a slightly arching piece of timber.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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Origin of camber

1610–20; < Middle French (north) cambre bent < Latin camur hooked, curved
Related formsun·cam·bered, adjective
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Related Words for camber

leaning, trajectory, arc, arch, contour, loop, flex, crouch, incline, veer, tilt, buckle, stoop, lean, bow, twist, curl, gradient, rake, diagonal

Examples from the Web for camber

Historical Examples of camber

  • 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?

    Bat Wing

    Sax Rohmer

British Dictionary definitions for camber


  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)
  3. 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
  4. Also called: hog a small arching curve of a beam or girder provided to lessen deflection and improve appearance
  5. aerofoil curvature expressed by the ratio of the maximum height of the aerofoil mean line to its chord
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  1. to form or be formed with a surface that curves upwards to its centre
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Word Origin for camber

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

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