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cam·​ber ˈkam-bər How to pronounce camber (audio)
cambered; cambering ˈkam-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce camber (audio)

intransitive verb

: to curve upward in the middle

transitive verb

: to arch slightly
: to impart camber to


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: a slight convexity, arching, or curvature (as of a beam, deck, or road)
: the convexity of the curve of an airfoil from the leading edge to the trailing edge
: a setting of the wheels of an automotive vehicle closer together at the bottom than at the top

Examples of camber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
There's no palpable change to the Rubicon's ride or off-road performance, but this change improves the camber stiffness, overall durability, and trail repairability of the rear axle. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 28 June 2023 There is very little camber change on jounce and rebound, so the cornering power is not as variable on an undulating surface as the 356. Car and Driver, 27 Jan. 2023 The convertible comes with the Porsche Active Suspension Management system which can be used to adjust ride height, camber, track and anti-roll bar. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 10 May 2023 The combination of body roll and rear-suspension geometry forces the rear tires into camber angles that actually diminish their lateral adhesion. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2023 After 330 miles the body had settled half an inch along with the front springs taking up reverse camber and the rear springs considerably weakening. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 6 Mar. 2023 With more camber, the ski is able to offer a better hold on hard snow and carve better. Aaron H. Bible, Popular Mechanics, 8 Feb. 2023 That setting presented a comfortable yet firm ride that minimized body roll and kept us planted on decreasing-radius and off-camber turns. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 15 Oct. 2021 In tighter and off-camber turns, the electronic limited-slip differential works well to put the power down, helping to keep the Kona tight to apexes. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History



French cambrer, from Middle French cambre curved, from Latin camur

First Known Use


1627, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of camber was in 1618

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“Camber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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