- 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 tyred
Historical Examples of tyred
Smoothly and quickly the tyred wheels bore him on out to infinity.The King of Alsander
James Elroy Flecker
Tew tyred to eat, tew; and the water hyar is regularly pisen; hev you-all seen it?The Woman Who Toils
Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
"Why, what an ungrateful creature you are," cried the landlord of the Tyred Inn, for that was who the pudgy little old fellow was.Bikey the Skicycle and Other Tales of Jimmieboy
John Kendrick Bangs
- (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
Word Origin for tire
- the US spelling of tyre
- an archaic word for attire
- 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)
Word Origin for tyre
- 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
"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.
variant spelling of tire (n.), chiefly British English.