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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This is essentially the same as move number two, minus the fire hydrants, says Samuel. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes With This 5-Part Banded Circuit From Dogpound Trainer Emily Samuel," 13 Feb. 2019 Firefighters attached hoses to hydrants on nearby streets and snaked them through the neighborhood to the scene. John Hilliard And Felicia Gans, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston battles three fires, including six-alarm blaze in West Roxbury," 12 May 2018 His enforcement team has stopped people diverting mountain springs into their properties, washing down commercial refrigerated vehicles with fire hydrants or running informal car wash businesses in Cape Town's poor townships. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "How Cape Town found water savings California never dreamed of," 1 Apr. 2018 Rhodes said the fire hydrant on Village Green Drive had been cleared by neighbors prior to Saturday's house fire. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Three youths escape Aurora house fire," 11 Feb. 2018 Restoration work on a fire hydrant Tuesday, May 22, 2018, led to a large water main break at 19700 Chef Menteur Highway, according to a statement from the utility. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Boil advisory issued for Venetian Isles after hydrant repair breaks water line," 22 May 2018 Officials with Montgomery County Fire said there was no immediate hydrant in the area, so a water supply task force had to help in putting out the blaze. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "House fire in Md. leaves woman with burns," 11 June 2018 Every few hours, two teams fill up 2,000-gallon tanks of water from a hydrant outside the facility, then drive them back through the fences. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp," 28 Nov. 2018 Engine 21’s crew hooked up a line to a hydrant, and the lieutenant and another firefighter pulled the line through the building’s front door and up the stairs to the entrance with the third floor to battle the fire. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Firefighter gives woman his air mask as he carries her out of burning South Boston building," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of hydrant

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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