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

Examples of hydrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

One of my favorite memories from helping after Ivan is that someone had the good sense to crack open a fire hydrant so people could cool off while dragging parts of people’s homes into piles. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "What To Take With You on a Disaster Relief Trip," 11 Oct. 2018 November 2009 Woods crashed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Windermere, Florida, home. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Tiger Woods' successes and struggles: A timeline of events," 24 Sep. 2018 Investigators also found 20 tickets for failing to stop for a red light, 16 for parking at fire hydrants, 8 expired inspection certificates or registration and 29 bus-lane violations. David Klepper, The Seattle Times, "NY disability agency gets 270 school zone speeding tickets," 1 Oct. 2018 Someone parked in front of a hydrant, blocking firefighters’ access, The Associated Press reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Parked in front of hydrant? Prepare for windows to be broken," 15 June 2018 With no hydrants in the area, tanker trucks ferried water from Turtle Beach on nearby Channel Lake. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "One person displaced after home catches fire for second time in Channel Lake area," 24 Apr. 2018 One block up from our house, at the corner of Cumberland Road and Cumberland Circle in Morningside, a hydrant has been leaking for going on two years now. John Thompson, ajc, "Take to task for Feb. 19," 18 Feb. 2018 His vehicle remained lodged in the fire hydrant as police investigated, and multiple police markers were visible, indicating where shell casings were found, police said. Mike Isaacs, chicagotribune.com, "Man shot at, crashes car into fire hydrant after attempted armed robbery: Skokie police," 16 Mar. 2018 After failing to stop for police on Friday afternoon, a driver allegedly fled officers in a vehicle, eventually crashing into a fire hydrant, Boise police said. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "One driver’s attempt to flee police ended when he hit a fire hydrant, officers say | Idaho Statesman," 9 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hydrant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hydrant

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hydrant

Statistics for hydrant

Last Updated

10 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hydrant

The first known use of hydrant was in 1806

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hydrant


hy·​drant | \ˈhī-drənt \

Kids Definition of hydrant

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

More from Merriam-Webster on hydrant

Spanish Central: Translation of hydrant

Nglish: Translation of hydrant for Spanish Speakers

Comments on hydrant

What made you want to look up hydrant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!