snow tire


: an automotive tire with a tread designed to give added traction on snow

Examples of snow tire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, there are the aforementioned Pirelli Scorpion snow tires. Daniel Golson, The Verge, 27 Oct. 2023 In contrast, actual snow tires are capable of safely gripping any surface a driver may encounter during the winter, from bare pavement, to sheet ice, and anything in between. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2023 In snowy Minnesota, drivers tend to use snow tires in the winter and the state generally does not permit studs or tire chains, with a few exceptions for dangerous conditions, according to Anne Meyer, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Eliza Fawcett, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2023 Chains or snow tires were required for drivers between Highway 395 and the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2023 Farther east, the Vermont Agency of Transportation recommends snow tires and does not require tire chains, except sometimes for commercial vehicles under certain conditions, said Nicholas Cartularo, the agency’s assistant public outreach manager. Eliza Fawcett, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2023 The term 'snow tire' dates to before tire makers fully understood the chemistry of rubber, water and temperature. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2022 Where else to learn the art of snow handling than within the home of the best snow tire manufacturer in the world? Kyle Edward, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 For those living at northern latitudes and needing a good snow tire, get the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 (from $230). Andy Cochrane, Popular Mechanics, 27 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snow tire was in 1943

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“Snow tire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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snow tire

: an automobile tire with a tread designed to give added traction on snow

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