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."
Popularity Over Time
Camber developed in Middle English but finds its roots in the Old French word "chambre" (arched) and the Latin word "camurus" (curved inwards).
Did you Know?
Isn't a road supposed to be flat? Traditional roads and paths often are. However, roads are built with a camber for several important reasons — such as easy drainage during rainstorms.