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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.

Origin of camber

1610–20; < Middle French (north) cambre bent < Latin camur hooked, curved
Related formsun·cam·bered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cambering

arc, flex, crouch, incline, veer, tilt, buckle, stoop, lean, bow, twist, curl, bridge, span, form, extend, stretch, hump, hook, shape

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British Dictionary definitions for cambering


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

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 cambering



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

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