from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of tire2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The ring-shaped protective covering around a wheel which is usually made of rubber or plastic composite and is either pneumatic or solid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Curdled milk.
- n. Same as 2nd tire, n., sense 5.
- Attire. See 2d and 3d tire.
- intransitive v. To prey upon. See 4th tire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete spelling of tire.
- n. A preparation of milk and rice used by the East Indians.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hoop that covers a wheel
- n. a port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea; formerly a major Phoenician seaport famous for silks
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. (Wiktionary)