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

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 When the mercury rises and the asphalt simmers in the heat, those who can seek the cooling proximity of water, whether at the nearest fire hydrant or at the beach. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 After scraping away the old paint, David Porat repaints the hydrant. Nick Kolev, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2022 Drivers should proceed with caution if encountering a hydrant being flushed into the street. Chicago Tribune, 21 June 2022 The vehicle hit a fire hydrant, utility pole and several headstones. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 Even so, none of the companies were able to set up a hose relay system from the nearest hydrant, a mile away. John Kelly, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 The owner of a car was cited for parking in front of a fire hydrant at 2:07 a.m. on April 24. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Lake Zurich crews began the second and final week of hydrant flushing Monday, wrapping up its annual work that started this year on April 18 and is scheduled to go through April 29. Jessi Virtusio, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Officers found the Dodge van was disabled after striking the hydrant. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Hydrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrant. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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