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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Late Middle English, unknown


The slightly convex or arched shape of a road or other horizontal surface.

Examples of Camber in a sentence

"The camber of the sidewalk allowed for easy drainage after it rained."

"You'll notice that the new highway was built with a camber to its surface."

About Camber

Camber developed in Middle English but finds its roots in the Old French word "chambre" ("arched") and the Latin word "camurus" ("curved inward").

Did you Know?

Isn't a road supposed to be flat? Many paths are; however, modern roads are built with a camber for several important reasons, including easy drainage during rainstorms.

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