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

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Its aerosol Foaming Tire Cleaner cuts through brake dust and routs road grime to prepare the sidewalls for step two, dressing the tires. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A little summer lovin’ for the care of cars and RVs," 21 July 2019 One Tweel downside is that on high-and-tight lawns and zero-degree turns, the relatively sharp edge of the sidewall can leave marks on the grass. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Tweel: The Tire That Never Goes Flat," 26 May 2019 Carbon-fiber front fenders add 1.8 inches of width in front, and aluminum sidewalls add 2.2 inches of width to the rear as compared to standard GT models. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 But if the puncture hole is too large, or the damage is in the sidewall, then self-sealing tires don’t solve the problem. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Ford Explorer's new tires fix themselves, representing a coming trend for drivers," 29 June 2019 The prototype looks like an old-fashioned tire, but has treads in the middle and no sidewalls. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Michelin and GM are working on a puncture-proof tire," 5 June 2019 Those stiff sidewalls also contributed to great road feel. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Tire Comparison Test: What Rubber Should You Choose?," 16 July 2010 The interior front dash looks a bit nicer than the Transit, and DIY vanlifers love that the rear cargo area features 90-degree angle sidewalls and a wide space for build outs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 The sidewall absorbs the impact when a tire crashes down into a pothole with thousands of pounds of force. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Pothole damage? Choosing the right tire and wheel can protect you," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sidewall

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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