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tyre

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
noun, verb (used with object), tyred, tyring. British.
1.
tire2 .

Tyre

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
noun
1.
an ancient seaport of Phoenicia: one of the great cities of antiquity, famous for its navigators and traders; site of modern Sur.

tire2

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
noun
1.
a ring or band of rubber, either solid or hollow and inflated, or of metal, placed over the rim of a wheel to provide traction, resistance to wear, or other desirable properties.
2.
a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
3.
to furnish with tires.
Also, British, tyre.
Origin of tire2
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85; special use of tire3
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  • It was not the war galleys, but the merchant vessel of Phoenicia, of tyre, and Carthage that brought them civilization and power.

  • They competed with and finally crushed their rivals in tyre, Corinth and Carthage.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • Sooner will tyre fall to the earth, sooner will sand occupy the site of Sidon than a Jew be a merchant.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • The countries of Syria and Phœnicia were in the vicinity of tyre.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • This happy and good young couple took the affections of tyre by storm.

  • There was nothing for it but to replace the tyre with a new one.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • At first she thought it was a tyre burst and hurried up the steps to see.

    The Angel of Terror Edgar Wallace
  • The whip-spur (Fig. 91) is like a wheel with sharp spokes and no tyre.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • tyre will never rise from her dust to falsify the voice of prophecy.

    Our Day W. A. Spicer
British Dictionary definitions for tyre

tyre

/ˈtaɪə/
noun
1.
a rubber ring placed over the rim of a wheel of a road vehicle to provide traction and reduce road shocks, esp a hollow inflated ring (pneumatic tyre) consisting of a reinforced outer casing enclosing an inner tube See also tubeless tyre, cross-ply, radial-ply
2.
a ring of wear-resisting steel shrunk thermally onto a cast-iron railway wheel
3.
a metal band or hoop attached to the rim of a wooden cartwheel
verb
4.
(transitive) to fit a tyre or tyres to (a wheel, vehicle, etc)
Word Origin
C18: variant of C15 tire, probably from tire³

Tyre

/ˈtaɪə/
noun
1.
a port in S Lebanon, on the Mediterranean: founded about the 15th century bc; for centuries a major Phoenician seaport, famous for silks and its Tyrian-purple dye; now a small market town. Pop: 141 000 (2005 est) Arabic name Sur

tire1

/ˈtaɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
2.
(transitive; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritate: I'm tired of the children's chatter
3.
(intransitive) to become wearied or bored; flag
Derived Forms
tiring, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tēorian, of unknown origin

tire2

/ˈtaɪə/
noun, verb
1.
the US spelling of tyre

tire3

/ˈtaɪə/
verb, noun
1.
an archaic word for attire
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Word Origin and History for tyre
n.

variant spelling of tire (n.), chiefly British English.

tire

v.

"to weary," also "to become weary," Old English teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Related: Tired; tiring.

n.

late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), a shortened form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early 19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.

tire

n.

late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), a shortened form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early 19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tyre

tire

Related Terms

flat tire, spare tire

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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