- an ancient seaport of Phoenicia: one of the great cities of antiquity, famous for its navigators and traders; site of modern Sur.
- 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.
- a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.
- to furnish with tires.
Origin of tire2
Examples from the Web for tyre
Last year I met a bomb victim, Ali Muorad, a good-natured twentysomething native of Tyre in southern Lebanon.Clinton's Cluster Bomb Hypocrisy
April 16, 2011
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
The chief gods of Sidon and Tyre have nothing luxurious or effeminate about them.History of Religion
Then there were a few footmarks, and the tyre reappeared once more.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Why speak of the war gathering from Tyre, and thy brother's menaces?The Aeneid of Virgil
- 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
- a ring of wear-resisting steel shrunk thermally onto a cast-iron railway wheel
- a metal band or hoop attached to the rim of a wooden cartwheel
- (tr) to fit a tyre or tyres to (a wheel, vehicle, etc)
- 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
- (tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
- (tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritateI'm tired of the children's chatter
- (intr) to become wearied or bored; flag
- the US spelling of tyre
- an archaic word for attire
Word Origin and History for tyre
variant spelling of tire (n.), chiefly British English.
"to weary," also "to become weary," Old English teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Related: Tired; tiring.
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.