cam·​ber | \ ˈkam-bər How to pronounce camber (audio) \
cambered; cambering\ ˈkam-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce camber (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 At low speeds the Circuit Pack's stiffened springs did prove adept at magnifying surface imperfections, but as both velocity and loads rise the chassis is more pliant, handling even big bumps and camber changes without complaint. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Toyota Yaris GR Puts the Hot Back in Hot Hatch," 3 Dec. 2020 Hybrid and flat profiles (again, like on the Riders Choice) aim to balance the benefits of camber and rocker while sidestepping their weaknesses. Drew Zieff, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snowboards You Can Buy Right Now," 7 Dec. 2020 Here’s how different camber and rocker profiles affect how a ski performs. Louis Mazzante, Popular Mechanics, "The Best All-Mountain Skis to Crush It Everywhere," 25 Nov. 2020 Suspension is also owner adjustable, with more negative camber available when aligning, as well as adjustable anti-roll bars. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Targets a Higher Realm," 4 Oct. 2020 Even with the adjustable camber plates kicked all the way in, the front wheels' eagerness to follow every crack in the road is largely removed. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Leaves a Lasting Impression," 7 Oct. 2020 Suspension is all-independent—the original P1800 had a solid axle at the back—and caster, camber, and toe angles can all be altered. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Volvo P1800 Lives Again in 413-HP Cyan Racing Continuation Model," 4 Sep. 2020 Such details as the negative camber and four degrees of caster in the front suspension, and the calibration of the springs, shocks, anti-roll bars, and bushings, are what produce the Taurus's European-style road manners. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1986 Ford Taurus LX Shapes the Future of the Family Sedan," 2 July 2020 New rear suspension uprights, ball joints, and wheel bearings increase wheel camber and toe stiffness, helping to better control the tires’ contact with the road. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Updated Jaguar F-Type Tames Some of its Roar," 10 Feb. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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