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tire1

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
1.
to reduce or exhaust the strength of, as by exertion; make weary; fatigue:
The long walk tired him.
2.
to exhaust the interest, patience, etc., of; make weary; bore:
Your stories tire me.
verb (used without object), tired, tiring.
3.
to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
4.
to have one's appreciation, interest, patience, etc., exhausted; become or be weary; become bored (usually followed by of):
He soon tired of playing billiards.
noun
5.
British Dialect. fatigue.
Origin of tire1
late Middle English
900
before 900; late Middle English (Scots) tyren (v.), Old English tȳrian, variant of tēorian to weary, be wearied
Synonyms
2. exasperate, irk.

tire2

or (British) tyre

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
noun
1.
a ring or band of rubber, either solid or hollow and inflated, or of metal, placed over the rim of a wheel to provide traction, resistance to wear, or other desirable properties.
2.
a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
3.
to furnish with tires.
Origin
1475-85; special use of tire3

tire3

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
1.
Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
2.
Obsolete. to attire or array.
noun
3.
Archaic. a headdress.
4.
Obsolete. attire or dress.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; aphetic variant of attire
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Examples from the Web for tiring
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  • It was clear to every one, even to the anxious nurse, that the stranger was not tiring the sick child.

    The Box-Car Children Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Kirsty was in no danger of tiring of the even flow of her life.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Dollie perhaps was tiring of her mad run, for she heeded the frantic appeal.

    A Little Florida Lady Dorothy C. Paine
  • That's what is good, after tiring one's self out for twenty years!

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • After an exciting and tiring day we reach a village and having seen the crews rationed, pitch our tents.

  • That 'tiring' business is some more of that doctor's foolishness.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They were only beaten by a few feet, and there is little doubt that but for this most tiring drive they would have won.

    Rowing Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
British Dictionary definitions for tiring

tire1

/ˈtaɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
2.
(transitive; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritate: I'm tired of the children's chatter
3.
(intransitive) to become wearied or bored; flag
Derived Forms
tiring, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tēorian, of unknown origin

tire2

/ˈtaɪə/
noun, verb
1.
the US spelling of tyre

tire3

/ˈtaɪə/
verb, noun
1.
an archaic word for attire
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Word Origin and History for tiring

tire

v.

"to weary," also "to become weary," Old English teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Related: Tired; tiring.

n.

late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), a shortened form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early 19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.

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tiring in Medicine

tiring tir·ing (tīr'ĭng)
n.
See cerclage.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for tiring

tip the elbow

Related Terms

bend the elbow

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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