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[hahy-druh nt] /ˈhaɪ drənt/
an upright pipe with a spout, nozzle, or other outlet, usually in the street, for drawing water from a main or service pipe, especially for fighting fires.
a water faucet.
Origin of hydrant
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10; hydr-1 + -ant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ristofalo bade him roll the barrel on its chine to the rear and stand it by the hydrant.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • We want a sewer here, a bridge there, a lamp-post or a hydrant yonder.

  • Now they will connect it with the hydrant, and have water a-plenty to save the house.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • The boys of the block were holding a meeting at the hydrant.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • The hydrant has about the same lower connections as the street-washer.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson
  • During this time the cabbage under the hydrant will be growing cold.

  • Penrod and Herman rose and went out to the hydrant, where they drank long and ardently.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • It was with a sickened heart that I stepped down from the hydrant.

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason
  • A hydrant and a piece of iron pipe might be the very thing he would need.

    That Pup Ellis Parker Butler
  • If it had been attached to the hydrant, he would have taken it with him.

    That Pup Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for hydrant


an outlet from a water main, usually consisting of an upright pipe with a valve attached, from which water can be tapped for fighting fires See also fire hydrant
Word Origin
C19: from hydro- + -ant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hydrant

1806, a hybrid coined in American English from Greek hydr-, stem of hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + -ant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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