- a small dam in a river or stream.
- a fence, as of brush or narrow boards, or a net set in a stream, channel, etc., for catching fish.
Origin of weir
Related Words for weirbarrier, dike, levee, gate, ditch, bank, bar, fence, exit, door, port, doorway, shoot, chute, rapids, fall, cataract, weir, grade, obstruction
Examples from the Web for weir
Contemporary Examples of weir
The conversation was entirely in Russian—Weir is impressively fluent.
Out athletes—again, like Weir—were expected to make grand demonstrations in protest of Putin and his legislation.
“I was thrown in the center of this not really wanting any part of it,” Weir says.
Vlad was early to meet Gonick, who was busy filming Weir, one day.
Celebrities like Weir were called on to urge a boycott of the Games.
Historical Examples of weir
The weir had been erected to pen the Chenook salmon from going further up-stream.American Notes
What could make the river run at this pace—a weir—or a waterfall?
"Let me whisper in your ear," said Miss Desmond, loud above the chatter of the weir.
He yelled to me not to leave him, but the weir had give me my bearings, and I was bound for my power-boat.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
One day lately, when the water was low, he offered to cross the weir at Dingleford.Deerbrook
- a low dam that is built across a river to raise the water level, divert the water, or control its flow
- a series of traps or enclosures placed in a stream to catch fish
Word Origin for weir
- Judith. born 1954, Scottish composer: her operas include A Night at the Chinese Opera (1987), and Armida (2005)
- Peter. born 1944, Australian film director; his films include Dead Poets Society (1989), The Truman Show (1998), and Master and Commander (2003)
Old English wer "dam, fence, enclosure," especially one for catching fish (related to werian "dam up"), from Proto-Germanic *warjanan (cf. 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- "to cover, shut" (cf. Sanskrit vatah "enclosure," vrnoti "covers, wraps, shuts;" Lithuanian uzveriu "to shut, to close;" Old Persian *pari-varaka "protective;" Latin (op)erire "to cover;" Old Church Slavonic vora "sealed, closed," vreti "shut;" Old Irish feronn "field," properly "enclosed land").