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weir

[ weer ]
/ wɪər /
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noun

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.

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of weir

before 900; Middle English were,Old English wer, derivative of root of werian to defend, dam up
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British Dictionary definitions for weir (1 of 2)

weir
/ (wɪə) /

noun

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

Old English wer; related to Old Norse ver, Old Frisian were, German Wehr

British Dictionary definitions for weir (2 of 2)

Weir
/ (wɪə) /

noun

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)
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