- 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
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Examples from the Web for cambering
- a slight upward curve to the centre of the surface of a road, ship's deck, etc
- another name for bank 2 (def. 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
C17: from Old French (northern dialect) cambre curved, from Latin camurus; related to camera chamber
Word Origin and History for cambering
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