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 All that travel lets the X3 crawl over giant rocks and off-camber spots while still feeling completely planted. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 2 Nov. 2020 There are lots of fat, reverse-camber skis that will keep you stoked and floating on a powder day, but my personal favorite is DPS Skis’ Wailer 112 RPC. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 30 Jan. 2015 The rocker works with the camber, the flex matches the sidecut, and the torsional strength delivers a crisp feel and good feedback in soft to medium-hard snow. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 9 Jan. 2022 Movement created by off-camber obstacles won’t be adequately controlled, which could increase the odds of a rollover. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2022 And a two-position, carbon-fiber anti-roll bar up front with a three-way iron bar in back and adjustable camber at both axles and tunable coil-over suspension. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 14 July 2021 Thus, the suspension has seen some heavy reworking, including stiffer springs and adaptive Bilstein dampers; and since this is a track car, there’s a greater range available for camber and toe adjustment. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Up front, the strut suspension features model-specific pivot bearings that add nearly a degree of negative camber compared to the regular A3. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 Substantial efforts went into optimizing chine design and conical camber of the wing leading edge. Clarence L. Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 1 Jul. 2022.

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