- a slight convex curve of a surface, as of a road, a ship's deck, or a beam
- in automotive wheel alignment, a slight tilt given to each of a pair of wheels on an axle: positive camber indicates that the bottoms are closer together than the tops, and negative camber indicates the opposite situation
- Aeron. the arching curve of an airfoil from the leading edge to the trailing edge
Origin of camberOld French cambre, dialect, dialectal variant, variety of chambre, bent from Classical Latin camur, crooked, arched: for Indo-European base see camera
to arch slightly; curve convexly
Origin of camberFr cambrer
- a. A slightly arched surface, as of a road, a ship's deck, an airfoil, or a ski.b. The condition of having an arched surface.
- A setting of automobile wheels in which they are closer together at the bottom than at the top.
intr. & tr.v.cam·bered, cam·ber·ing, cam·bers
To arch or cause to arch slightly.
Origin of camberFrom Middle English caumber curved from Old North French dialectal caumbre from Latin camur perhaps from Greek kamara vault
- 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.
- The slope of a curved road created to minimize the effect of centrifugal force.
- (architecture) An upward concavity in the underside of a beam, girder, or lintel; also, a slight upward concavity in a straight arch.
- (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.
- The curvature of an airfoil.
- (nautical) A small enclosed dock in which timber for masts (etc.) is kept to weather.
(third-person singular simple present cambers, present participle cambering, simple past and past participle cambered)
- To curve upwards in the middle.
- To adjust the camber of the wheels of a vehicle.
- Because he cambered the tires too much, he had less control on the turns.