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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Crews were shuttling water from a hydrant near Dollar General on Route 67 in Oxford. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Woodland High junior firefighters called out of school to back up adults battling massive overnight fire in Beacon Falls," 29 Aug. 2019 The contingent will also get residents connected to a temporary, above-ground service line that brings safe water from a hydrant or approved meter, while their own line is stagnant for testing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Helix, Padre Dam water district personnel heading up to Paradise," 12 Aug. 2019 The firefighters suffered leg injuries caused by hydrant issues, Captain Michael Witham said. Shafaq Patel, BostonGlobe.com, "2 Pembroke firefighters and home’s resident injured in 2-alarm fire," 17 Aug. 2019 Fire hydrants are painted to look like priests and saints. New York Times, "Where Celebrating Immigration Means Lederhosen and Sauerkraut Balls," 1 Aug. 2019 The city’s Water Distribution Division started hydrant flushing this week in southeast Akron. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Akron residents should watch for discolored water during hydrant flushing," 25 July 2019 The city will be operating cool spots in which fire hydrants are hooked to massive sprinklers that will spray water on residents at four playgrounds in the city. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat advisory canceled for Thursday; nasty heat still expected for Friday; power outages reported," 18 July 2019 Celebrity trainer, Eric Fleishman says exercises like walking lunges and fire hydrants can transform your glutes faster than squats. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Crunches won't give you abs and other fitness myths you need to stop buying into," 16 July 2019 Along some streets in North Fair Oaks — primarily near the commercial corridor on Middlefield Road — the streets are so packed that some residents resort to parking in front of driveways and even fire hydrants, according to county staff. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "San Mateo County plans to new add parking restrictions in this part of the county," 15 July 2019

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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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