- 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.