Definition of hydrant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪdr(ə)nt/


A fitting in a street or other public place with a nozzle by which a hose may be attached to a water main.
Example sentences
  • Strewn across the street were the bodies of policemen and firemen; a hose snaked down the street from a hydrant out of sight, spouting water with nobody to man it.
  • Outside on the streets the water hydrants dribbled miserably after entertaining shrieking Hispanic kids all day long in exuberant gushes.
  • The fire brigade was called and tackled the blaze using water from street hydrants.


Early 19th century (originally US): formed irregularly from hydro- 'relating to water' + -ant.

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