Regulate vs Weir - What's the difference?

regulate | weir |

As a verb regulate

is to dictate policy.

As a noun weir is

an adjustable dam placed across a river to regulate the flow of water downstream.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To dictate policy.
  • To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
  • * Macaulay
  • the laws which regulate the successions of the seasons
  • * Bancroft
  • The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.
  • To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
  • To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
  • to regulate a watch, i.e. adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time
    to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
  • To put or maintain in order.
  • to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances
    to regulate one's eating habits

    Derived terms

    * deregulate * downregulate * upregulate




    (en noun)
  • An adjustable dam placed across a river to regulate the flow of water downstream.
  • * 1997 , J. H. L'Abée-Lund & J. E. Brittain, "Weir construction as environmental mitigation in Norwegian hydropower schemes", Hydropower '97 , pages 51-54.
  • The weir' must not represent a physical barrier to fish migration, both locally and throughout the whole river system. If necesary, a fishway is included in the ' weir .
  • * 2010 , Sathesh Gopi, Basic Civil Engineering , page 303
  • A walkway over the weir' is likely to be useful for the removal of floating debris trapped by the ' weir , or for working staunches and sluices on it as the rate of flow changes.
  • A fence placed across a river to catch fish.
  • * 1887 , W. A. Wilcox, "58-New England Fisheries in May, 1886", Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission , volume VI, for 1886, page 191
  • The weir catch of mackerel at Monomoy and along Cape Cod has been a failure.
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  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.}}

    Coordinate terms

    * (adjustable dam) dam, sluice