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

Examples of hydrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were even kids playing from this fire hydrant that was broken. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2021 The truck first veered off the right side of the road and struck a fire hydrant, then veered back across the southbound lanes and hit two trees in the center divider, Escobar said in a news release. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2021 On a recent April day, Stathakos pointed at a fire hydrant near the intersection of 18th and Wood streets, where one of the city’s largest encampments is located with nearly 150 people in tents, RVs, vehicles and makeshift pallet homes. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2021 One vehicle sheared a hydrant and crashed into a pool, one vehicle rolled over on street @ corner of Euclid/Orangewood in @CityGardenGrove. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021 This is Woods' third driving incident since 2009, when he was cited for careless driving after crashing into a fire hydrant and tree outside his home in Florida. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2021 This was only possible because the incident happened in a residential area with a hydrant nearby. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2021 New landscaping is fire resistant, and in case of an emergency, a fire extinguishing system can direct water from the pool, water features and the household’s 6,000-gallon water reserve to the onsite fire hydrant. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2021 The most notorious example was when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree early on the morning after Thanksgiving in 2009. Arkansas Online, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hydrant

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hydrant

Greek hydr-, form in derivatives and compounds of hýdōr "water" + -ant entry 1 — more at hydro-

Note: Though the above is the only likely etymology, the formation is peculiar, as the suffix -ant is normally associated with verbs of French and/or Latin origin. This peculiarity suggests a deliberate coinage, but its source is apparently unknown. The word is attested earliest in Philadelphia city ordinances from the first decade of the nineteenth century.

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19 Jun 2021

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“Hydrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrant. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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