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Old French cambre ‎(bent), from Latin camurum, from camur ‎(arched).



camber ‎(uncountable)

  1. A slight convexity, arching or curvature of a surface of a road, a beam, roof deck, ship's deck etc., so that liquids will flow off the sides.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 1,
      From end to end, just behind the houses, ran the broad gravel walk, with its emphatic camber and its metal-edged gutters where a child's ball would come to rest and the first few plane leaves, dusty but still green, were already falling, since the summer had been so hot and rainless all through.
  2. The slope of a curved road created to minimize the effect of centrifugal force.
  3. (architecture) An upward concavity in the underside of a beam, girder, or lintel; also, a slight upward concavity in a straight arch.
  4. (automotive) A vertical alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive camber signifying that the wheels are closer together at the bottom than at the top.
  5. The curvature of an airfoil.
  6. (nautical) A small enclosed dock in which timber for masts (etc.) is kept to weather.



camber ‎(third-person singular simple present cambers, present participle cambering, simple past and past participle cambered)

  1. To curve upwards in the middle.
  2. To adjust the camber of the wheels of a vehicle.
    Because he cambered the tires too much, he had less control on the turns.