One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rubber covering, typically inflated or surrounding an inflated inner tube, placed round a wheel to form a soft contact with the road.
- ‘There is an advantage, but not necessarily due to the actual contact patch of the tire.’
- ‘A dozen men in camouflage mill around the wooden supports and rubber tires lining the road that make up the checkpoint.’
- ‘His solution was to adopt an Arte Povera-type approach, working principally in discarded rubber tyres and inner tubes.’
- ‘In situations where you would expect understeer on street tyres, the sticky rubber endows the front end with amazing grip.’
- ‘We know that tires are made of rubber, therefore, are susceptible to punctures, peeling and the likes.’
- ‘Nevertheless, bear in mind that before you run your motorcycles, tires must be properly inflated.’
- ‘The Rascal is a tracked vehicle with six double road wheels with rubber tyres on each side.’
- ‘Road tires stick better in corners, roll more effortlessly and don't make that knobby buzz.’
- ‘Bicycles still have rubber, inflatable tyres, wheels with spokes, drop handlebars and narrow saddles.’
- ‘The shocks absorber setting allows maximum contact between the tire and the road surface.’
- ‘Make sure your Ford wheels are properly aligned and your tires are well inflated.’
- ‘And Road Traffic Accident statistics show that 86% of tyres are not properly inflated.’
- ‘By the time you're up to 100 mph it's like you have a baby elephant sitting on the roof, pressing the tyres into the road.’
- ‘While you cannot constantly watch over your drivers, you can reduce the risk of them taking to the roads on unsafe tyres by employing a tyre-fitting service.’
- ‘Instead of an inner tube the tyre has a rubber lining and the pressure of the beading against the rim of the wheel is claimed to give a seal which is proof against any escape of air.’
- ‘Remarkably it also offered no wheel spin on violent acceleration, although it would be a different matter in the wet with the road legal track tyres fitted.’
- ‘As the only part of a car actually in contact with the road, the tyre is the single most important item when it comes to controlling the vehicle's behaviour.’
- ‘I do think that the problem with the road tires was primarily the high pressure.’
- ‘Add more and you just get grey noise, like the rush of water in your ears when you hold your head under water or the sound of rubber tyres on the concrete roads they sometimes put down to save money.’
- ‘Make sure that that the tires are properly inflated to avoid misfortunes on the road.’
- 1.1 A strengthening band of metal fitted around the rim of a wheel, especially of a railway vehicle.
- ‘One problem the team had to overcome was that zinc oxide, which is an essential component of the tires, disrupts the coupling process.’
- ‘The derailed train cars were carrying tires and mixed merchandise.’
- ‘These vehicles are not Hi-Rail equipped but do have a steel flange fastened on the inside of the tires.’
Late 15th century (denoting the curved pieces of iron plate with which carriage wheels were formerly shod): perhaps a variant of archaic tire, shortening of attire (because the tyre was the ‘clothing’ of the wheel).
A port on the Mediterranean in southern Lebanon; population 41,800 (est. 2009). Founded in the 2nd millennium BC as a colony of Sidon, it was for centuries a Phoenician port and trading centre.
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