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TIRE, noun [Heb. tur, a row or series.]

1. A tier; a row or rank. This is the same word as tier, differently written. [See Tier and Tour.]

2. A head dress; something that encompasses the head. [See Tiara.] Ezekiel 24:17. Isaiah 3:18.

On her head she wore a tire of gold.

3. Furniture; apparatus; as the tire of war.

4. Attire. [See Attire.]

5. A band or hoop of iron, used to bind the fellies of wheels, to secure them from wearing and breaking; as cart-tire; wagon-tire. This tire however is generally formed of different pieces, and is not one entire hoop.

TIRE, verb transitive To adorn; to attire; to dress; as the head. obsolete [See Attire.] 2 Kings 9:30.

TIRE, verb transitive [Latin tero.]

1. To weary; to fatigue; to exhaust the strength by toil or labor; as, to tire a horse or an ox. A long day's work in summer will tire the laborer.

Tir'd with toil, all hopes of safety past.

2. To weary; to fatigue; to exhaust the power of attending, or to exhaust patience with dullness or tediousness. A dull advocate may tire the court and jury, and injure his cause.

To tire out, to weary or fatigue to excess; to harass.

TIRE, verb intransitive To become weary; to be fatigued; to have the strength fail; to have the patience exhausted. A feeble body soon tires with hard labor.