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tyre

[tahyuh r]
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noun, verb (used with object), tyred, tyr·ing. British.
  1. tire2.
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Tyre

[tahyuh r]
noun
  1. an ancient seaport of Phoenicia: one of the great cities of antiquity, famous for its navigators and traders; site of modern Sur.
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tire2

[tahyuh r]
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.
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verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.
  1. to furnish with tires.
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Also British, tyre.

Origin of tire2

First recorded in 1475–85; special use of tire3
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  • By all means let him take up the Burden of Tyre, so long as he can take it lightly.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The usual names of Rome, Tyre, and Carthage, were not their true and secret names.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • The chief gods of Sidon and Tyre have nothing luxurious or effeminate about them.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Then there were a few footmarks, and the tyre reappeared once more.

  • Why speak of the war gathering from Tyre, and thy brother's menaces?


British Dictionary definitions for tyre

tyre

US tire

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 tubeSee 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
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verb
  1. (tr) to fit a tyre or tyres to (a wheel, vehicle, etc)
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Word Origin

C18: variant of C15 tire, probably from tire ³

Tyre

Tyr

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
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tire1

verb
  1. (tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
  2. (tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritateI'm tired of the children's chatter
  3. (intr) to become wearied or bored; flag
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Derived Formstiring, adjective

Word Origin

Old English tēorian, of unknown origin

tire2

noun, verb
  1. the US spelling of tyre
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tire3

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.

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tire

v.

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

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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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