- 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
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Examples from the Web for hydrant
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
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</p>
Louis Henry Gibson
- an outlet from a water main, usually consisting of an upright pipe with a valve attached, from which water can be tapped for fighting firesSee also fire hydrant
C19: from hydro- + -ant
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Word Origin and History for hydrant
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