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

Definition of camber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to curve upward in the middle

transitive verb

1 : to arch slightly
2 : to impart camber to



Definition of camber (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a slight convexity, arching, or curvature (as of a beam, deck, or road)
2 : the convexity of the curve of an airfoil from the leading edge to the trailing edge
3 : 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: Noun Additionally, each wheel had to be connected to a laser inspection system that measured the wheelbase, corner weights, and camber settings. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "NASCAR’s high-tech world: Leave any preconceptions behind for this deep-dive," 31 May 2018 There’s information to be gleaned from the way the body bounds and leans: how much load individual tires are carrying and how the road camber is changing. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "BMW M5 vs. Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, Porsche Panamera Turbo," 21 Mar. 2018 The suspension uses ball joints instead of conventional bearings with bushings and is fully adjustable for things like camber and caster that most people only ever mess with in Forza. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ferrari and Porsche announce new cars for the wealthy track addict," 21 Feb. 2018 Fast sweepers and tight hairpins, inclines and declines, and one terrifying off-camber and downhill left (Turn 10). Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2017: 19 New Performance Cars Attack America's Most Grueling Racetrack!," 30 Sep. 2017 The ball joint at the top (007) allows the wheel camber to be changed with just a few bolts. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Prime Cuts: We Cut Open a Multimatic Spool-Valve Damper to Reveal Its Secrets," 3 Nov. 2017 The bearings eliminate deflections in rear toe-in and camber that can make a car feel squirrelly under hard braking. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT R: A Race Car for Regular People," 6 Oct. 2017 The front-end ride height is adjustable, along with the camber geometry. Terry Troy,, "New 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE breaks record at Nurburgring," 22 July 2017 Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR crew pulled up on the third of seven legs on Bermuda’s Great Sound after the camber arm in the high-tech wing sail broke during the opening race against Emirates Team New Zealand. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Ohio State and Men’s Basketball Coach Thad Matta Part Ways," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of camber


1627, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for camber


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

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“Camber.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of camber

: a slight downward curve from the middle to the sides of a surface (such as a road)

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