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Meaning of WEIR

Pronunciation:  weer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow
  2. [n]  a fence or wattle built across a stream to catch or retain fish

WEIR is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: dam, dike, dyke, fence, fencing, levee



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Notch or depression in a dam or other water barrier through which the flow of water is measured or regulated.
  2. A barrier constructed across a stream to divert fish into a trap.
  3. A dam (usually small) in a stream to raise the water level or divert water flow.
 Definition: an aboriginal fish-trap based on a fence or barrier of stakes or rocks built across a stream.