AskDefine | Define camber

Dictionary Definition



1 a slight convexity (as of the surface of a road)
2 a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force [syn: bank, cant]
3 the alignment of the wheels of a motor vehicle closer together at the bottom than at the top v : curve upward in the middle

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The slightly convex surface of a road, ship's deck etc.
  2. The slope of a curved road, such that the outside is higher than the inside.
  3. An 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.
  4. The curvature of an airfoil.
  5. A small enclosed dock in which timber for masts (etc.) is kept to weather.


  1. To curve upwards in the middle.
    Because he cambered the tires too much, he had less control on the turns.

Extensive Definition

Camber may refer to a variety of curvatures and angles:
  • Camber angle in automobile technology
  • In the steel industry, the concavity of rolls. Hot rolling uses positive camber (concave rolls), while cold rolling uses negative camber (convex).
  • Camber (aerodynamics), the asymmetry between the top and bottom curves of an aerofoil
  • In road construction, the convex curvature of a road, see cant (road/rail)
  • In architecture and building construction, the upward curvature of a joist or joist girder, intended to compensate for deflection due to loading
  • In skiing, the curvature in the base of a ski
  • The curvature of a bow (music) used to play certain string instruments, or the curvature of the fingerboard
Camber may also refer to:
camber in Dutch: Camber

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