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
C18: variant of C15 tire, probably from tire ³
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.