side·​wall | \ ˈsīd-ˌwȯl How to pronounce sidewall (audio) \

Definition of sidewall

1 : a wall forming the side of something
2 : the side of an automotive tire between the tread shoulder and the rim bead

Examples of sidewall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The date the tires were manufactured is printed on the sidewall and is usually preceded by DOT for the Department of Transportation. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "5 situations in which drivers should check their tires," 27 Dec. 2020 The tire also has a stiffer sidewall; this lets a rider lower the tire pressure, which allows the tire to form around obstacles like roots and rocks while still maintaining its structure. Stephanie Pearson, Wired, "Unlock Your Cycling Fitness Goals by Fixing Up Your Bike," 19 Dec. 2020 The main difference is that bia- ply have a stiffer sidewall that reduces ride comfort. Bob Beacham,, "The best RV tire," 24 Sep. 2020 Your coffee will leach valuable energy heating up the sidewall of your thermos. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Want to Get Outside All Winter? Bring Your Thermos.," 29 Nov. 2020 One guardsman descended into the sewer and surveyed the sidewall. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Under the U.S.-Mexico border, miles of tunnels worth millions of dollars to traffickers," 13 Oct. 2020 This direction is denoted by an arrow on the sidewall that points in the direction the tire rotates, or more generally by a V-shaped tread pattern. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Rotate Your Tires," 5 Oct. 2020 The sidewall, sized at 275/60R-20, is slightly thicker than those used on the 2020 Platinum. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150's 10 Most Interesting Features and Changes," 2 Oct. 2020 Riding on short-sidewall 255/35R-19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires (18-inchers are a no-cost option), AMG's compact sedan still rides poorly on rough roads when its dampers are in their stiffer settings. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Grows Up, Gets Better," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sidewall

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sidewall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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