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camber

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1 The athwartships curve of a ship's deck, usually giving a fall towards the sides of a quarter of an inch (6.35 mm) to each foot (30.5 cm). 2 A small ...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Classical studies
Length:
949 words

...5th-century bc dromos in Corinth , which is not strictly a stadium since it had no formal facilities for spectators, had a unique starting line consisting of a curved stone platform with starting positions cut into its blocks. The running tracks of most Greek stadia had a cambered surface of hard-packed clay. By the 4th century bc , many had water channels and basins along the sides of the dromos, which were probably used to damp the running track to prevent it becoming hard and uncomfortable for barefoot athletes in the summer. In Archaic and Classical...

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