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Topic: TRANSPORT

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: tire 'metal plates around a cart wheel' (15-19 centuries), probably from tire 'equipment' (14-18 centuries), from attire; ATTIRE

tyre

noun
     
tyre
tyre S3 British English ; tire American English [countable]
TT a thick rubber ring that fits around the wheel of a car, bicycle etc:
I had a flat tyre (=all the air went out of it) on the way home.
The spare tyre 's in the boot.
front/rear/back tyre
a punctured front tyre
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