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weir

[weer] /wɪər/
noun
1.
a small dam in a river or stream.
2.
a fence, as of brush or narrow boards, or a net set in a stream, channel, etc., for catching fish.
Origin of weir
900
before 900; Middle English were, Old English wer, derivative of root of werian to defend, dam up
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weir

/wɪə/
noun
1.
a low dam that is built across a river to raise the water level, divert the water, or control its flow
2.
a series of traps or enclosures placed in a stream to catch fish
Word Origin
Old English wer; related to Old Norse ver, Old Frisian were, German Wehr

Weir

/wɪə/
noun
1.
Judith. born 1954, Scottish composer: her operas include A Night at the Chinese Opera (1987), and Armida (2005)
2.
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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Word Origin and History for weir
n.

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").

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