to tear.] A declamatory strain or flight of censure or abuse; a rambling invective; an oration or harangue
abounding in censorious and bitter language.
Here he delivers a violent tirade against persons who profess to know anything about angels.Quarterly
(||Ti`rail`leur") n. [F., from tirailler to skirmish, wrest, from tirer to draw.] (Mil.) Formerly, a
member of an independent body of marksmen in the French army. They were used sometimes in front
of the army to annoy the enemy, sometimes in the rear to check his pursuit. The term is now applied to
all troops acting as skirmishers.
(Tire) n. A tier, row, or rank. See Tier. [Obs.]
In posture to displode their second tireMilton.
(Tire), n. [Aphetic form of attire; OE. tir, a tir. See Attire.]
1. Attire; apparel. [Archaic] "Having rich tire about you." Shak.
2. A covering for the head; a headdress.
On her head she wore a tire of gold.Spenser.
3. A child's apron, covering the breast and having no sleeves; a pinafore; a tier.
4. Furniture; apparatus; equipment. [Obs.] "The tire of war." Philips.
5. [Probably the same word, and so called as being an attire or covering for the wheel.] A hoop or
band, as of metal, on the circumference of the wheel of a vehicle, to impart strength and receive the
The iron tire of a wagon wheel or cart wheel binds the fellies together. The tire of a locomotive or
railroad-car wheel is a heavy hoop of iron or steel shrunk tightly upon an iron central part. The wheel
of a bicycle has a tire of India rubber.
(Tire), v. t. To adorn; to attire; to dress. [Obs.]
[Jezebel] painted her face, and tired her head.2 Kings ix. 30.
(Tire), v. i. [F. tirer to draw or pull; of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. tear to rend. See Tirade.]
1. To seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does. [Obs.]
Even as an empty eagle, sharp by fast,Shak.
Tires with her beak on feathers, flesh, and bone.
Ye dregs of baseness, vultures among men,B. Jonson.
That tire upon the hearts of generous spirits.
2. To seize, rend, or tear something as prey; to be fixed upon, or engaged with, anything. [Obs.]
Thus made she her remove,Chapman.
And left wrath tiring on her son.
Upon that were my thoughts tiring.Shak.
(Tire), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tiring.] [OE. teorien to become weary, to fail,
AS. teorian to be tired, be weary, to tire, exhaust; perhaps akin to E. tear to rend, the intermediate sense
being, perhaps, to wear out; or cf. E. tarry.] To become weary; to be fatigued; to have the strength fail; to
have the patience exhausted; as, a feeble person soon tires.