hy·drant | \ˈhī-drənt \

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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Fire department crews established a water supply from a hydrant at the street and used a ladder truck to douse the fire from above, Metro Video reported. Houston Chronicle, "Fire damages Memorial area apartment complex under construction," 4 July 2018 Firefighters haul water from hydrants to property not attached to the municipal water service when responding to fires. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lannon voters oppose fire protection fee referendum," 20 Feb. 2018 The hydrant had ripped the gas tank open, Lubotsky said, making for a dangerous situation. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'My angel wings sprouted again': Greenfield alderwoman helps another stranger after seizure, fall," 5 July 2018 According to county records, the same hydrants were tested in January 2015 and January 2017, and had normal flow. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Before hydrants failed, DeKalb apartments had fire safety issues," 7 May 2018 According to the New Berlin Fire Department, the blaze required extensive mutual aid, including from Brookfield and Waukesha, because there is no hydrant in the immediate vicinity. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family laments after fire destroys their New Berlin home and most of their posessions," 1 May 2018 His truck veered off the road, hit a fire hydrant and smashed through a fence before hitting the tree. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'My angel wings sprouted again': Greenfield alderwoman helps another stranger after seizure, fall," 5 July 2018 From faces and hearts on large buildings' inner pillars to a hat on a curbside fire hydrant, to a robot, haloed in pink, flashing a peace sign from a cinder-block wall, his images show a vast city-scape of possibility. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "4,000 miles of Detroit art: A man with a camera, a bicycle and a goal," 5 July 2018 However, officials are discouraging people from opening fire hydrants given the dangers of having children in busy city streets. courant.com, "Brutal Heat Ahead, But Bacteria Could Close Four State Beaches This Weekend," 29 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 \

Kids Definition of hydrant

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

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