(Cam) a. [See Kam.] Crooked. [Obs.]
(Ca*ma"ieu) n. [F.; of unknown origin. Cf. Cameo.]
1. A cameo. [Obs.] Crabb.
2. (Fine Arts) Painting in shades of one color; monochrome. Mollett.
(Ca*mail") n. [F. camail fr. L. caput head + source of E. mail.]
1. (Ancient Armor) A neck guard of chain mall, hanging from the bascinet or other headpiece.
2. A hood of other material than mail; esp. (Eccl.), a hood worn in church services, the amice, or
(||Cam`a*ra*sau"rus) n. [NL. fr. Gr. a vaulted chamber + lizard.] (Paleon.) A genus of
gigantic American Jurassic dinosaurs, having large cavities in the bodies of the dorsal vertebræ.
(||Ca`ma*ril"la) n. [Sp., a small room.]
1. The private audience chamber of a king.
2. A company of secret and irresponsible advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.
(Cam"ass) n. [American Indian name.] (Bot.) A blue-flowered liliaceous plant (Camassia
esculenta) of northwestern America, the bulbs of which are collected for food by the Indians. [Written
also camas, cammas, and quamash.]
The Eastern cammass is Camassia Fraseri.
(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.
(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.
(Cam"ber), v. i. To curve upward.
(Cam"ber*keeled) a. (Naut.) Having the keel arched upwards, but not actually hogged;
said of a ship.
(Cam"bi*al) a. [LL. cambialis, fr. cambiars. See Change.] Belonging to exchanges in commerce; of