Definition of hydrant in English:


Syllabification: hy·drant
Pronunciation: /ˈhīdrənt


  • An upright water pipe, especially one in a street, with a nozzle to which a fire hose can be attached.
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    • Firefighters lost precious time hooking up their hoses to three fire hydrants on two different streets before finding one that worked.
    • 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.


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

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