[hahy-druh nt]


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
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Related Words for hydrant

faucet, spigot, fireplug

Examples from the Web for hydrant

Historical Examples of 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

    Eugene Wood

  • The boys of the block were holding a meeting at the hydrant.

  • The hydrant has about the same lower connections as the street-washer.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson

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 firesSee also fire hydrant

Word Origin for hydrant

C19: from hydro- + -ant
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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.

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