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Camassia esculenta
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camber arch
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Camber definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CAMBER, n. Among builders, camber or camber-beam is a piece of timber cut archwise, or with an obtuse angle in the middle, used in platforms, where long and strong beams are required. As a verb, this word signifies to bend, but I know not that it is used.
A cambered-deck, is one which is higher in the middle, or arched, but drooping or declining towards the stem and stern; also, when it is irregular.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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, camber]
3: the alignment of the wheels of a motor vehicle closer together at the bottom than at the top v
1: curve upward in the middle

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (cambered; cambering) Etymology: French cambrer, from Middle French cambre curved, from Latin camur Date: 1627 intransitive verb to curve upward in the middle transitive verb 1. to arch slightly 2. to impart camber to II. noun Date: 1823 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 the slightly convex or arched shape of the surface of a road, ship's deck, aircraft wing, etc. 2 the slight sideways inclination of the front wheel of a motor vehicle. --v. 1 intr. (of a surface) have a camber. 2 tr. give a camber to; build with a camber. Etymology: F cambre arched f. L camurus curved inwards

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Camber 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Camber 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Camber Cam"ber, v. i. To curve upward.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(cambers) A camber is a gradual downward slope from the centre of a road to each side of it. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Convexity, arch, arching, rounding up, swell, curve. II. v. a. Arch, bend, curve (especially a ship's planks).

Moby Thesaurus

amplitude, apse, arcade, arcature, arch, arched roof, archway, bellying, bulging, ceilinged roof, concameration, concha, convexedness, convexity, convexness, cove, cupola, dome, excurvation, excurvature, flight path, geodesic dome, gibbosity, gibbousness, igloo, keystone, ogive, skewback, skin effect, skin friction, slip, span, stagger, tuberosity, tuberousness, vault, vaulting, voussoir


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