Hypertext Webster Gateway: "weir"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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

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