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 The chase ended when Belmonte crashed into a fire hydrant. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 27 Dec. 2021 Yes, the sweat will be excreted one way or the other, but your armpits won’t suddenly turn into a fire hydrant. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 24 Dec. 2021 An investigation revealed McCormack-Fox collided with a stop sign, a fire hydrant, a tree and a cable box. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2021 But the representatives stopped returning her calls after their star client’s car collision with a fire hydrant near his home in Windermere, Fla., following a dispute on Thanksgiving night with Elin Nordegren, then his wife. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 Reception desks are stocked with dog treats and one building has a doggie deck—complete with a fake fire hydrant—where dogs can run around. Chris Morris, Fortune, 25 June 2021 The closest fire hydrant was approximately a mile away, prompting an effort to shuttle roughly 91,000 gallons of water to the rural location to extinguish the flames, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Firefighters were first called to the scene around 2:30 p.m. for what initially was described as a broken fire hydrant, according to the department. Gregory Yee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 That led to a chase that lasted several minutes until Belmonte’s car hit a fire hydrant. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 22 Oct. 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 hydr-

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 21 Jan. 2022.

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

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

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