hy·​drant | \ ˈhī-drənt How to pronounce hydrant (audio) \

Definition of hydrant

1 : a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from a water main (as for fighting fires)

called also fireplug

2 : faucet

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After Tiger backed into a fire hydrant 10 years ago then watched his personal life collapse and his health deteriorate, a friend stated that Tiger would never win another major. Jay Brinker, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: The midseason awards for 2019 Bengals, Reds, UC, FC Cincinnati, Tiger Woods," 28 June 2019 Someone reported a silver BMW struck a fire hydrant at 5:45 a.m. June 12 on the 7000 block of North Frontage Road, and drove away south on Interstate 55 from County Line Road. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Willowbrook resident loses jewelry in plumbing contractor ruse," 17 June 2019 Sauk Village was allocated $600,000, with $500,000 to replace fire hydrants and $100,000 for other infrastructure. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Towns may have to wait years to get funds through Rebuild Illinois capital plan," 6 June 2019 The Malibu crashed into a fire hydrant in the area of Hoover and Timken, prosecutors said. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "$1 million bond set for 3 suspects in Warren shootout," 21 June 2019 For water, some fire hydrants are fitted with fountains that inhabitants line up to use. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "As homeless are suffering, risk of hepatitis, typhus and other diseases is growing," 18 June 2019 The first part of the move—the fire hydrant portion—will target your glute medius and minimus, and the kickback will engage your lower back, says Samuel. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes With This 5-Part Banded Circuit From Dogpound Trainer Emily Samuel," 13 Feb. 2019 The Aurora Fire Department said the fire also draws attention to the need for residents to clear snow away from their neighborhood fire hydrants. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Three youths escape Aurora house fire," 11 Feb. 2018 But numerous ice cream vendors — who owned or operated 76 trucks — worked out a strategy to dodge paying tickets for running red lights, using bus lanes and parking in crosswalks and in front of fire hydrants, city officials said. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "34 Ice Cream Trucks Towed in Midtown ‘Operation Meltdown’," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of hydrant

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hydrant was in 1806

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hy·​drant | \ ˈhī-drənt How to pronounce hydrant (audio) \

Kids Definition of hydrant

: a pipe with a spout through which water may be drawn a fire hydrant

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