[ 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 formsun·cam·bered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cambering
/ (ˈkæmbə) /
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
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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