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Monday, December 14



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."

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About Camber

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.

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