Definition of tyre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(British English) (North American English tire) noun
BrE BrE//ˈtaɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪər//
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  • a thick rubber ring that fits around the edge of a wheel of a car, bicycle, etc. a front tyre a back/rear tyre to pump up a tyre a flat/burst/punctured tyre bald/worn tyres He drove off with a screech of tyres. CollocationsDrivingHaving a car have/​own/(British English) run a car ride a motorcycle/​motorbike drive/​prefer/​use an automatic/​a manual/(North American English, informal) a stick shift have/​get your car serviced/​fixed/​repaired buy/​sell a used car/(especially British English) a second-hand car take/​pass/​fail a (British English) driving test/(both North American English) driver’s test/​road test get/​obtain/​have/​lose/​carry a/​your (British English) driving licence/(North American English) driver’s licenseDriving put on/​fasten/(North American English) buckle/​wear/​undo your seat belt/​safety belt put/​turn/​leave the key in the ignition start the car/​engine (British English) change/(North American English) shift/​put something into gear press/​put your foot on the brake pedal/​clutch/​accelerator release the clutch/(especially British English) the handbrake/(both North American English) the emergency brake/​the parking brake drive/​park/​reverse the car (British English) indicate left/​right (especially North American English) signal that you are turning left/​right take/​miss (British English) the turning/(especially North American English) the turn apply/​hit/​slam on the brake(s) beep/​honk/(especially British English) toot/(British English) sound your hornProblems and accidents a car skids/​crashes (into something)/collides (with something) swerve to avoid an oncoming car/​a pedestrian crash/​lose control of the car have/​be in/​be killed in/​survive a car crash/​a car accident/(North American English) a car wreck/​a hit-and-run be run over/​knocked down by a car/​bus/​truck dent/​hit (British English) the bonnet/(North American English) the hood break/​crack/​shatter (British English) the windscreen/(North American English) the windshield blow/(especially British English) burst/​puncture (British English) a tyre/(North American English) a tire get/​have (British English) a flat tyre/​a flat tire/​a puncture inflate/​change/​fit/​replace/​check a tyre/​tire Traffic and driving regulations be caught in/​get stuck in/​sit in a traffic jam cause congestion/​tailbacks/​traffic jams/​gridlock experience/​face lengthy delays beat/​avoid the traffic/​the rush hour break/​observe/(North American English) drive the speed limit be caught on (British English) a speed camera stop somebody for/​pull somebody over for/(British English, informal) be done for speeding (both informal) run/(British English) jump a red light/​the lights be arrested for/​charged with (British English) drink-driving/(both US English) driving under the influence (DUI)/driving while intoxicated (DWI) be banned/(British English) disqualified from driving see also spare tyre See related entries: Cycling
  • Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting the curved pieces of iron plate which went around the carriage wheels): perhaps a variant of archaic tire, shortening of attire (because the tyre was the “clothing” of the wheel).Extra examples A back tyre blew after half an hour tearing along a rocky road. For working in snow, tyre chains are essential. He fixed a flat tyre on his bike. He roared up the drive with a screech of tyres. He was going so fast he blew a tyre. He’s patching the bike tyre that got a puncture yesterday. Her truck had snow tyres. I got a flat tyre soon after setting off. My front tyre had a slow puncture. She braked suddenly, her tyres squealing in protest. She checked the tyres and oil before setting off. She had been sitting on the tyre swing rocking back and forth. Someone let the tyres down overnight as a joke. The front nearside tyre was unroadworthy. The tyres crunched to a standstill on the gravel. The victim had been beaten with a tyre iron. This car is fitted with radial tyres. Vandals had slashed the tyres and broken the side mirror. an off-road vehicle fitted with balloon tyres tough-looking trucks with fat tyres and reinforced springsIdioms
    kick the tyres (North American English kick the tires)
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    to test the quality of something to see whether it is suitable for you before you buy it