What does tyre mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sur, Tyrenoun

    a port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea; formerly a major Phoenician seaport famous for silks

  2. tire, tyrenoun

    hoop that covers a wheel

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


  1. tyrenoun

    The ring-shaped protective covering around a wheel which is usually made of rubber or plastic composite and is either pneumatic or solid.

  2. Tyrenoun

    An ancient sea port and city state of Phoenecia, in present-day Lebanon.

  3. Etymology: The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that the word derives from attire, while other sources suggest a connection with the verb to tie. The spelling tyre is used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand after being revived in the 19th century. Both tyre and tire were used in the 15th and 16th centuries, but tire became the settled term in the 17th century and tyre became obsolete. The United States did not adopt the revival of tyre, and tire is the only spelling currently used there and in Canada.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tyrenoun

    Etymology: Properly tire.

    I have seen her beset and bedecked all over with emeralds and pearls, ranged in rows about the tyre of her head. George Hakewill, on Providence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tyre

    curdled milk

  2. Tyre

    attire. See 2d and 3d Tire

  3. Tyreverb

    to prey. See 4th Tire

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tyre

    See Tire.

  2. Tyre

    tīr, n. (Spens.) attire, dress.—v.t. to adorn.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Tyre

    a famous city of ancient Phoenicia (q. v.), about 30 m. N. of Acre; comprised two towns, one on the mainland, the other on an island opposite; besieged and captured in 332 B.C. by Alexander the Great, who connected the towns by a causeway, which, by silting sands, has grown into the present isthmus; its history goes back to the 10th century B.C., when it was held by Hiram, the friend of Solomon, and sustained sieges by Nebuchadnezzar and others; was reduced by Cæsar Augustus, but again rose to be one of the most flourishing cities of the East in the 4th century A.D.; fell into ruins under the Turks, and is now reduced to some 5000 of a population.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tyre

    (ruins at Sur). One of the greatest and most famous cities of the ancient world, stood on the coast of Phœnice, about 20 miles south of Sidon. The Assyrian king Shalmanezer laid siege to Tyre for five years (713 B.C.), but without success. It was again besieged for thirteen years by Nebuchadnezzar, and there is a tradition that he took it (572 B.C.), but the matter is not quite certain. At the period when the Greeks began to be well acquainted with the city, its old site had been abandoned, and a new city erected on a small island about half a mile from the shore, and a mile in length, and a little north of the remains of the former city, which was now called Old Tyre. In 322 B.C. the Tyrians refused to open their gates to Alexander, who laid siege to the city for seven months, and united the island on which it stood to the main land by a mole constructed chiefly of the ruins of Old Tyre. After its capture and sack by Alexander, Tyre never regained its former consequence. It recovered, however, sufficiently to be mentioned as a strong fortress and flourishing port under the early Roman emperors; it even took an active part (193) in the contest between Septimius Severus and Pescennius Niger, which, resulting in the success of the former, brought back to it some of its ancient distinction. In St. Jerome’s time it was again one of the noblest and most prosperous cities of the whole East. In the 7th century it came under the dominion of the Saracens; and so remained until taken by the Crusaders. On February 11, 1124, the Christian army encamped before it, and on June 15 it fell into their hands. The strength of its fortifications, the splendor of its houses, and the excellence of its harbor, excited their admiration. On the evening of the day on which Acre was taken by the Mohammedans (May 19, 1291), Tyre was abandoned by the Crusaders, and the Saracens entered it the following morning. It was captured by the French, April 3, 1799; and by the allied fleet, during the war against Mehemet Ali, 1841.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TYRE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tyre is ranked #12079 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tyre surname appeared 2,581 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Tyre.

    80.9% or 2,090 total occurrences were White.
    14.6% or 379 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 62 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 33 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.2% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tyre' in Nouns Frequency: #2430

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tyre in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tyre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of tyre in a Sentence

  1. Joe Biden:

    Earlier today, I spoke to the family of Tyre Nichols on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus to first extend our condolences to them, to let them know that we stand with them, to ask them what they want from us in this moment, to honor the legacy of their son, and to extend an invitation to them to be our guest at the State of the Union on February 7 so that we can make sure that this issue of police culture, culture of policing, which, unfortunately in this country has now contributed to countless deaths.

  2. Red Bull:

    As soon as I got on the straight, basically I could feel the car start to wobble and then I looked in the mirror and the tyre went, with the safety car, that put us even further back so that was like a double whammy which felt like getting punched in the stomach by a heavyweight.

  3. Kameron Smith:

    Tyre Sampson was fun, Tyre Sampson was Tyre Sampson, tyre Sampson helped me when I was in practice, when I would do something wrong, Tyre Sampson'd help me with it and try to fix it and then when I'd mess up Tyre Sampson'd try to encourage me.

  4. Sanita Belgrave:

    Burnout is like your spare tyre going flat. Remember, to take care of you.

  5. Nekia Dodd:

    Tyre was my personal teddy bear.

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