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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tire, tyreverb

    hoop that covers a wheel

    "automobile tires are usually made of rubber and filled with compressed air"

  2. tire, pall, weary, fatigue, jadeverb

    lose interest or become bored with something or somebody

    "I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"

  3. tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigueverb

    exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

    "We wore ourselves out on this hike"

  4. run down, exhaust, play out, sap, tireverb


    "exhaust one's savings"; "We quickly played out our strength"

  5. bore, tireverb

    cause to be bored

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tirenoun

    a tier, row, or rank. See Tier

  2. Tirenoun

    attire; apparel

  3. Tirenoun

    a covering for the head; a headdress

  4. Tirenoun

    a child's apron, covering the breast and having no sleeves; a pinafore; a tier

  5. Tirenoun

    furniture; apparatus; equipment

  6. Tirenoun

    a hoop or band, as of metal, on the circumference of the wheel of a vehicle, to impart strength and receive the wear

  7. Tireverb

    to adorn; to attire; to dress

  8. Tireverb

    to seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does

  9. Tireverb

    to seize, rend, or tear something as prey; to be fixed upon, or engaged with, anything

  10. Tireverb

    to become weary; to be fatigued; to have the strength fail; to have the patience exhausted; as, a feeble person soon tires

  11. Tireverb

    to exhaust the strength of, as by toil or labor; to exhaust the patience of; to wear out (one's interest, attention, or the like); to weary; to fatigue; to jade


  1. Tire

    A tire is a ring-shaped covering that fits around a wheel's rim to protect it and enable better vehicle performance. Most tires, such as those for automobiles and bicycles, provide traction between the vehicle and the road while providing a flexible cushion that absorbs shock. The materials of modern pneumatic tires are synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric and wire, along with carbon black and other chemical compounds. They consist of a tread and a body. The tread provides traction while the body provides containment for a quantity of compressed air. Before rubber was developed, the first versions of tires were simply bands of metal that fitted around wooden wheels to prevent wear and tear. Early rubber tires were solid. Today, the majority of tires are pneumatic inflatable structures, comprising a doughnut-shaped body of cords and wires encased in rubber and generally filled with compressed air to form an inflatable cushion. Pneumatic tires are used on many types of vehicles, including cars, bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, earthmovers, and aircraft. Metal tires are still used on locomotives and railcars, and solid rubber tires are still used in various non-automotive applications, such as some casters, carts, lawnmowers, and wheelbarrows.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tire

    tīr, n. attire, apparel: furniture: a head-dress.—v.t. to dress, as the head.—ns. Tire′-val′iant (Shak.), a kind of fanciful head-dress; Tire′-wom′an, a lady's-maid; Tir′ing-house, -room, the place where actors dress. [Short for attire.]

  2. Tire

    tīr, n. the hoop of iron that ties or binds the fellies of wheels.—ns. Tire′-meas′urer, -press, -roll′er, -set′ter, -shrink′er, -smith. [From tie.]

  3. Tire

    tīr, n. (Spens., Milt.) rank or row, esp. of guns, train. [Same as tier.]

  4. Tire

    tīr, v.i. (Shak.) to rend as a bird of prey: to feed: to dwell upon, gloat over:—pr.p. tīr′ing; pa.p. tīred. [O. Fr. tirer, to draw—Low L. tirāre, to draw; prob. Teut., Goth. tairan, to tear.]

  5. Tire

    tīr, v.t. to harass, to vex: to exhaust the strength of: to weary.—v.i. to become weary: to be fatigued: to have the patience exhausted.—adj. Tired, wearied: fatigued.—n. Tired′ness.—adj. Tire′less, untiring.—adv. Tire′lessly.—n. Tire′lessness.—adj. Tire′some, that tires: fatiguing: tedious.—adv. Tire′somely.—n. Tire′someness. [A.S. teorian, to be tired—teran, to tear.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tire

    Synonymous with tier.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tire

    Are great guns, shot, shells, etc., placed in a regular form.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tire in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of tire in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Knight:

    The line was so tight, it got so thin and the adrenaline was full blown, you just do everything you can to not break the line and you try to tire the fish out.

  2. Alexander Zakharchenko:

    While we still have time before the spring, new detachments will be able to receive military training, we expect mobilization to yield at least five additional brigades five motorized brigades, one artillery brigade and a tank brigade. The Ukrainian rearguard for the Debaltseve front in Artemivsk, the home of one of the country's best-selling sparkling wines, looks increasingly like a garrison town. Auto-mechanics and tire shops have seen a sharp pick-up in business repairing damaged vehicles brought in by soldiers. Abandoned Soviet-era plants have been converted into bases. The local stadium is used as a landing pad for helicopters ferrying out the wounded. Many troops are nervous, jumpy and ill-tempered. On Wednesday, a group of irregulars detained a group of international journalists in the center and threatened to escort them out of the town if they took pictures of military equipment. The cannonades are fainter in Artemivsk, but they can still be heard. The significance of that is lost on few.

  3. Mary Caroline Richards:

    It helps, I think, to consider ourselves on a very long journey: the main thing is to keep to the faith, to endure, to help each other when we stumble or tire, to weep and press on.

  4. William Makepeace Thackeray:

    To endure is greater than to dare to tire out hostile fortune to be daunted by no difficulty to keep heart when all have lost it -- who can say this is not greatness

  5. Margaret Fuller:

    When your dreams tire, they go underground and out of kindness that's where they stay.

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Translations for tire

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  • إطار العجلةArabic
  • cansar-se, cansar, adornar, fatigar-se, guarnir, avorrir-se, fatigarCatalan, Valencian
  • unavit, unavit seCzech
  • ermüdenGerman
  • κουράζω, κουράζομαιGreek
  • hartarse, cansarse, aburrirse, cansar, neumáticoSpanish
  • pitkästyä, väsyä, kyllästyä, kyllästyttää, tympääntyä, tympäännyttää, pitkästyttää, väsyttääFinnish
  • lúgvaFaroese
  • थकानाHindi
  • fáraszt, elfárad, elfáraszt, kifáraszt, fáradHungarian
  • fatigeskar, fatigarIdo
  • stancarsi, stancareItalian
  • タイヤJapanese
  • fatīgōLatin
  • cansar, adornar, fatigar, enfeitarPortuguese
  • надоеда́ть, утомля́ть, утомля́ться, устава́ть, украша́ть, утоми́ться, надое́сть, уста́ть, укра́сить, утоми́тьRussian
  • เหนื่อยThai

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    incapable of being atoned for
    • A. irascible
    • B. numinous
    • C. lacerate
    • D. inexpiable

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