Weir Weir (w[=e]r), Wear Wear,n. [OE. wer, AS. wer; akin to G. wehr, AS. werian to defend, protect, hinder, G. wehren, Goth. warjan; and perhaps to E. wary; or cf. Skr. v[.r] to check, hinder. [root]142. Cf. {Garret}.] 1. A dam in a river to stop and raise the water, for the purpose of conducting it to a mill, forming a fish pond, or the like. [1913 Webster]

2. A fence of stakes, brushwood, or the like, set in a stream, tideway, or inlet of the sea, for taking fish. [1913 Webster]

3. A long notch with a horizontal edge, as in the top of a vertical plate or plank, through which water flows, -- used in measuring the quantity of flowing water. [1913 Webster]

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  • weir — [wir] n. [ME were < OE wer, weir, dam (akin to Ger wehr) < base of werian, to defend, dam up < IE base * wer , to shut up, cover] 1. a low dam built in a river to back up or divert water, as for a mill; milldam 2. a fence, as of… …   English World dictionary

  • Weir —   [wɪə],    1) Judith, britische Komponistin, * Cambridge 11. 5. 1954; studierte u. a. in London sowie bei G. Schuller und O. Messiaen in Tanglewood (Massachusetts); 1979 82 lehrte sie an der Universität Glasgow. Ihren Kompositionen liegen oft… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • weir — [wıə US wır] n [: Old English; Origin: wer] a low fence or wall that is built across a river or stream to control the flow of water, or to make a pool where people can catch fish …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • weir — [ wır ] noun uncount a place in a river or stream where a wall has been built across it to control the flow of water …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • weir — is the standard spelling for a dam built across a river. The older variant wear is now obsolete …   Modern English usage

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