Tire Tire, n. [Aphetic form of attire; OE. tir, a tir. See {Attire}.] 1. Attire; apparel. [Archaic] ``Having rich tire about you.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A covering for the head; a headdress. [1913 Webster]

On her head she wore a tire of gold. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. A child's apron, covering the breast and having no sleeves; a pinafore; a tier. [1913 Webster]

4. Furniture; apparatus; equipment. [Obs.] ``The tire of war.'' --Philips. [1913 Webster]

5. [Probably the same word, and so called as being an attire or covering for the wheel.] A ring, hoop or band, as of rubber or metal, on the circumference of the wheel of a vehicle, to impart strength and receive the wear. In Britain, spelled {tyre}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The iron tire of a wagon wheel or cart wheel binds the fellies together. The tire of a locomotive or railroad-car wheel is a heavy hoop of iron or steel shrunk tightly upon an iron central part. The wheel of a bicycle or road vehicle (automobile, motorcyle, truck) has a tire of rubber, which is typically hollow inside and inflated with air to lessen the shocks from bumps on uneven roads. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • tiré — tiré …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • tire- — ⇒TIRE , élém. de compos. Élém. issu d une forme du verbe tirer, entrant dans la constr. de nombreux subst., le plus souvent de genre masc. A. [Corresp. à tirer I; le 2e élém. est un subst. jouant le rôle de compl. d obj. dir.] 1. a) [Corresp. à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • tiré — tiré, ée (ti ré, rée) part. passé de tirer. 1°   Mû, amené vers soi ou après soi. La voiture tirée par les chevaux. 2°   Tiré à quatre chevaux, écartelé.    Par un jeu de mots qui est une allusion à ce supplice. •   Il [le gazetier Marin devenu… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • tire — Tire, f. penac. Est l alleure d un seul traict sans repos, Ainsi dit on, Il va tout d une tire, Vno tractu, Vno impetu, Vno incessu, Ce qu on dit aussi, tout d un traict metaphore prinse du ject d arc. Tire aussi en equippage de femmes signifie… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • tire — vb Tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade, fag, tucker can all mean to make or in some cases to become disinclined or unable to continue because of loss of strength or endurance. Tire is the general and ordinary word and usually implies the draining …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tire — (of a wheel) see tyre. tyre, tire The standard spelling for a wheel s rubber covering is tyre in BrE and tire in AmE. Tire is the older spelling, and may be related to the word attire, a tyre being regarded as a form of ‘clothing’ for the wheel …   Modern English usage

  • tire — tire1 [tīr] vi. tired, tiring [ME tiren < OE tiorian, to fail, be tired, prob. < Gmc * tiuzōn, to stay behind < IE * deus , to cease < base * deu , to move forward] 1. to become in need of rest; become weary or fatigued through… …   English World dictionary

  • Tire — Tire, n. A tier, row, or rank. See {Tier}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In posture to displode their second tire Of thunder. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tire — Tire, v. i. [F. tirer to draw or pull; of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. tear to rend. See {Tirade}.] 1. To seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Even as an empty eagle, sharp by fast, Tires with her beak on feathers …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tire — Tire, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tiring}.] [OE. teorien to become weary, to fail, AS. teorian to be tired, be weary, to tire, exhaust; perhaps akin to E. tear to rend, the intermediate sense being, perhaps, to wear out; or cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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