Cam"ber (?), n. [Of. cambre bent, curved; akin to F. cambrer to vault, to bend, fr. L. camerare to arch over, fr. camera vault, arch. See Chamber, and cf. Camerate.]

1. Shipbuilding

An upward convexity of a deck or other surface; as, she has a high camber (said of a vessel having an unusual convexity of deck).

2. Arch.

An upward concavity in the under side of a beam, girder, or lintel; also, a slight upward concavity in a straight arch. See Hogback.

Camber arch Arch., an arch whose intrados, though apparently straight, has a slightly concave curve upward. -- Camber beam Arch., a beam whose under side has a concave curve upward.


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Cam"ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cambered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Cambering.]

To cut bend to an upward curve; to construct, as a deck, with an upward curve.


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Cam"ber, v. i.

To curve upward.


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