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hydro

[ hahy-droh ]
/ ˈhaɪ droʊ /
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noun, plural hy·dros for 2, 3.
Informal. hydroelectric power.
Informal. hydroplane.
British.
  1. a bathhouse, hotel, or resort catering to people taking mineral-water health cures; spa.
  2. an establishment furnishing hydrotherapy.
adjective
Informal. of, relating to, or furnishing water, water power, or hydroelectricity: funds for new hydro projects.
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Origin of hydro

1880–85; by shortening of compounds with hydro-1 (cf. -o); (def. 4) hydro-1 analyzed as an adj.

Other definitions for hydro (2 of 3)

hydro-1

a combining form meaning “water,” used in the formation of compound words: hydroplane; hydrogen.
Also especially before a vowel, hydr-1.

Origin of hydro-

1
<Greek, combining form of hýdōr water

Other definitions for hydro (3 of 3)

hydro-2

a combining form representing hydrogen in compound words, denoting especially a combination of hydrogen with some negative element or radical: hydrobromic.
Also especially before a vowel, hydr-2.
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British Dictionary definitions for hydro (1 of 4)

hydro1
/ (ˈhaɪdrəʊ) /

noun plural -dros
British (esp formerly) a hotel or resort, often near a spa, offering facilities for hydropathic treatment

British Dictionary definitions for hydro (2 of 4)

hydro2
/ (ˈhaɪdrəʊ) /

adjective
short for hydroelectric
noun
a Canadian name for electricity when it is supplied to a residence, business, institution, etc

British Dictionary definitions for hydro (3 of 4)

Hydro
/ (ˈhaɪdrəʊ) /

noun
(esp in Canada) a hydroelectric power company or board

British Dictionary definitions for hydro (4 of 4)

hydro-

sometimes before a vowel hydr-


combining form
indicating or denoting water, liquid, or fluidhydrolysis; hydrodynamics
indicating the presence of hydrogen in a chemical compoundhydrochloric acid
indicating a hydroidhydrozoan

Word Origin for hydro-

from Greek hudōr water
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Scientific definitions for hydro

hydro-

A prefix that means: “water” (as in hydroelectric) or “hydrogen,” (as in hydrochloride).
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