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weir

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

Weir

1. Judith. born 1954, Scottish composer, noted esp for her opera A Night at the Chinese Opera (1987)
2. Peter. born 1944, Australian film director; his films include Dead Poets Society (1989), The Truman Show (1998), and Master and Commander (2003)

weir

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(civil engineering)
A dam in a waterway over which water flows, serving to regulate water level or measure flow.
References in classic literature ?
We noted not the dim lake of Auber,(Though once we had journeyed down here) We remembered not the dank tarn of Auber, Nor the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
Well I know, now, this dim lake of Auber -- This misty mid region of Weir: -- Well I know, now, this dank tarn of Auber -- This ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
Weirs and gates are small over-under flow type structures commonly used to raise the level of a channel or stream and cause a large change of water level behind them.
Over the years additional weirs have been constructed to prevent erosion of the river bed and banks.
The weirs trapped fish that migrated to and spawned in the savanna during seasonal flooding.
This is far easier than standard fixed weirs, which move the entire water trough into alignment.
Three of DWR's four passive weirs (Colusa, Tisdale and Fremont) are flowing according to their design to relieve pressure on the Sacramento River's banks and levees.
Ratnagiri - Dam, Waste Weir, Head Regulator & Weirs.
Four other weirs north of Sacramento already are easing flow pressures on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers.
Sindhudurg - Dam, Waste Weir, Head Regulator & Weirs.
DWR's Flood Management Division reports that all Sacramento River weirs are expected to be in operation during the current storm.