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WEAR. A great dam made across a river, accommodated for the taking of fish, or to convey a stream to a mill. Jacob's Law Dict. h.t. Vide Dam.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Here and there, the set of the current had worn down the bank into a little creek, and we were all suspicious of such places, and eyed them nervously.
Peter's claws were worn down; he was outside the tunnel, shuffling sand away.
The average time, for instance, taken to reply to a telephone call by a New York operator, is now three and two-fifth seconds; and even this tiny atom of time is being strenuously worn down.
Where the two walls joined, several bricks had been loosened, and the crevices left were worn down and rounded upon the lower side, as though they had frequently been used as a ladder.
Tyres should be replaced when the tread is worn down. Certain types of tyres perform well in less-than-ideal conditions.
The 24-year-old number eight missed the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand following surgery on his knee and shoulder, which he claims was necessary as he was "worn down".
* Is the crown worn down? If the plant was operated with crown rubber missing at one time the crown bars may be worn down.
VVPRESENTING Berkley was backed down to 1.04 in the first division of the 2m6f handicap hurdle at Stratford, but appeared to idle on the run-in and was worn down by Pearlita (95).
The carpet weaving system ALPHA 500 SINGLELOOP, the specialist for low pile applications, such as old looking carpets well worn, and faded carpets with the pile worn down almost to the back also attracted the interest of the visitors during the show.
Because if he truly loved the club and players, why, instead of shafting them halfway through the season by admitting he'd finally been worn down by a sheikh's petro-dollars, didn't he stay and have another three amazing years?
The pads were worn down to almost nothing and were rubbing on the rotors and making a mark.