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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
weir
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A trust has restored three weirs already, and plans are under way to rebuild another seven.
▪ Kelston for good nets of roach, chub, perch and odd bream from pegs below the weir.
▪ On the Avon, some of the weirs date back 1,000 years and are in urgent need of restoration.
▪ Once this fall was likened to a gigantic weir, its crest a straight line between Goat Island and the opposite shore.
▪ Pooh sticks and a plastic clipper, first to the weir.
▪ Roach and dace on Listers upstream of Topcliffe weir.
▪ She spelled weir, a fence set in a stream to trap fish.
▪ Steer clear of the weir, safer to fish from the pier.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Weir

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.

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

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
weir

Old English wer "dam, fence, enclosure," especially one for catching fish (related to werian "dam up"), from Proto-Germanic *wer-jon- (cognates: Old Norse ver, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch were, Dutch weer, Old High German wari, German Wehr "defense, protection," Gothic warjan "to defend, protect"), from PIE *wer- (5) "to cover, shut" (cognates: Sanskrit vatah "enclosure," vrnoti "covers, wraps, shuts;" Lithuanian užveriu "to shut, to close;" Old Persian *pari-varaka "protective;" Latin (op)erire "to cover," (ap)erire "open, uncover" (with ap- "off, away"); Old Church Slavonic vora "sealed, closed," vreti "shut;" Old Irish feronn "field," properly "enclosed land").

Wiktionary
weir

n. 1 An adjustable dam placed across a river to regulate the flow of water downstream. 2 A fence placed across a river to catch fish.

WordNet
weir
  1. n. a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow

  2. a fence or wattle built across a stream to catch or retain fish

Gazetteer
Weir, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
Population (2000): 780
Housing Units (2000): 352
Land area (2000): 1.046565 sq. miles (2.710591 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.046565 sq. miles (2.710591 sq. km)
FIPS code: 76350
Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
Location: 37.308768 N, 94.774289 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
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Weir, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
Population (2000): 591
Housing Units (2000): 229
Land area (2000): 1.593171 sq. miles (4.126293 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.593171 sq. miles (4.126293 sq. km)
FIPS code: 77056
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 30.675007 N, 97.587862 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
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Headwords:
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Weir, MS -- U.S. town in Mississippi
Population (2000): 553
Housing Units (2000): 234
Land area (2000): 1.050416 sq. miles (2.720566 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.011427 sq. miles (0.029595 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.061843 sq. miles (2.750161 sq. km)
FIPS code: 78520
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 33.263423 N, 89.289439 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 39772
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Weir, MS
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Wikipedia
WEIR

WEIR is a News/ Talk/ Sports radio formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Weirton, West Virginia, serving the Weirton/ Steubenville area. WEIR is owned and operated by Priority Communications, Inc.

Weir (disambiguation)

Weir has several different meanings:

  • Weir, a dam-like structure
  • Fishing weir, a type of fish trap
Weir (song)

"Weir" was the first single by Australian band Killing Heidi. The song became a teen anthem in Australia in the year of its release, and remains the band's best-known single.

Weir (Hampshire cricketer)

Weir (full name and dates of birth and death unknown) was an English cricketer.

Weir made his first-class debut for pre-county club Hampshire against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1843. Weir represented Hampshire in 5 first-class matches from 1843 to 1845 with his final match for Hampshire coming against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1845.

In his 5 matches for Hampshire he scored 101 runs at a batting average of 11.22 and a high score of 44. In the field he took 2 catches.

Weir (surname)

Weir is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alison Weir, British writer and historian
  • Amanda Weir, American Olympic Swimmer
  • Andy Weir, American science fiction writer
  • Arabella Weir, British actress
  • Barbara Weir, Indigenous Australian artist
  • Reverend Benjamin Weir, a famous hostage
  • Bill Weir, American television personality
  • Bob Weir, American guitar player
  • Brett Weir, a fictional character portrayed by James Lorinz in The Jerky Boys: The Movie
  • David Weir (English footballer)
  • David Weir (journalist)
  • David Weir (paralympic athlete)
  • David Weir (Scottish footballer)
  • Doddie Weir, rugby player
  • Elizabeth Weir, Canadian politician and lawyer
  • Elizabeth Weir (Stargate), a fictional character portrayed by Torri Higginson on Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1
  • Fred Weir, Canadian journalist
  • Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
  • Graham Weir, Tit
  • Gregory Weir, American game designer
  • Harrison Weir, English writer and artist
  • J. Alden Weir, painter
  • James Weir (disambiguation), various people
  • John Ferguson Weir (1841–1926), American painter and sculptor
  • Johnny Weir, American figure skater
  • Jonathan Weir, Spunk bubble
  • Judith Weir, Scottish composer
  • Leonard Weir, actor
  • Lindsay Weir (cricketer), New Zealand Test cricketer
  • Mike Weir (politician), British politician
  • Mike Weir, Canadian golfer
  • Molly Weir, British stage actress
  • Norman Weir, New Zealand military officer
  • Peter Weir, Australian film director
  • Peter Weir (politician)
  • Robert Weir (politician), Canadian politician
  • Robert Stanley Weir, Canadian poet
  • Robert Walter Weir, American artist
  • Robert Weir (athlete) (born 1961), English discus thrower
  • Stephnie Weir, American actress
  • Thomas Weir, Scottish Covenanter and presumed occultist
  • Capt. Thomas Weir (American soldier), subordinate of George Armstrong Custer
  • Tom Weir, Scottish broadcaster
  • Walter Weir, Canadian politician

Usage examples of "weir".

But as the watchers choked in agony of suspense Weir bunted the ball, and Reddy Ray flashed across the plate with the winning run.

So, I think, we had better lay the haill dirdum on that ill-deedie creature, Major Weir, and say naething about your dream in the wood of Pitmurkie.

While Zama watered the herd above the black rock weir, Louisa and Jim fashioned leather booties from the captured saddlebags and the skins of the eland and rhebuck.

Weir was arrested and convicted of reckless endangerment in New Jersey.

He was in the AFIS database from when he was arrested with Weir on those reckless endangerment charges in New Jersey.

A mill of some kind, Tolley guessed, for the far stream of the bisected river dropped in a glassy rush over a weir.

Weir Mitchell called attention to the interesting subject of sympathetic vomiting in the husband in his lectures on nervous maladies some years ago.

The minister raised the Cup to Weir and, as pourer, took the first sip.

Weir had used against it, like a computer trying to reallocate resources to compensate for some crippling viral attack.

Weir, in THE MENACE OF THE POLICE, cites the case of Jim Flaherty, a criminal by passion, who, instead of being saved by society, is turned into a drunkard and a recidivist, with a ruined and poverty-stricken family as the result.

His hair was as white and soft as the wisps of foam on a weir pool, and he blinked at her waterily through his steel-rimmed glasses as he shook her by the hand.

But Master Weir extracted a price for his aid, Faustian devil that he was.

For a time they looked down at the town, the millrace flashed in the sunlight, a wagon drove slowly over the stone bridge, and below the weir a gaggle of white geese swam indolently to and fro.

It was a broad, gravelly pool, scoured wide by the millstream and the weir, overhung by trees at the lower end.

The engineer Vauban dammed the river here and sent it different ways, to make a moat around the fortified town: downstream of his beautiful bridge is a weir and a millstream and backwaters, and crooked streets through the seventeenth-century huddle, and the city fathers are busy restoring a nostalgic atmosphere with cobblestones and antique gas lamps, and rather pathetic corners of greenery.