Definition of hydro in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪdrəʊ/

noun (plural hydros)

1British A hotel or clinic originally providing hydropathic treatment: win a week at Springs Hydro
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  • In August 1857, the Furness Line opened which led to the building of more and larger hotels and hydros.
  • The treatments are available at Studios as well as at selected Salons and health hydros.
  • Programmes will prepare students for job opportunities in hotels, restaurants, lodges, conference facilities, theme parks, golf and country clubs, casinos, health hydros and airline catering companies.
2A hydroelectric power plant.
Example sentences
  • However, as electricity prices have fallen steadily, refurbishment has become uneconomic particularly for hydros between 10 and 50 megawatts which account for about 70% of production.
  • The hydro also provides cheap electricity.
  • After the station was in operation, some nearby farmers came and asked me if I could help them to build or establish their own hydro.
2.1 [mass noun] Hydroelectricity.
Example sentences
  • In addition, the incentives for alternatives - such as hydro, solar, nuclear and - crucially biofuels - grow exponentially.
  • Most people who are off the grid (at least those living in the United States), rely on some combination of alternative energy such as wind, photovoltaic or hydro.
  • On the books at the moment, we have hydro, wind, geothermal, gas, and what are described as ‘various other options’ for new electrical generation in this country.
2.2 [mass noun] Canadian Electricity.
Example sentences
  • When it comes to hydro, the standard line about more competition being good for the consumer just does not hold water.
  • The investigating officer testified that the average home uses 30-50 kilowatts of hydro per day.
  • Crouching in a heavy oversized winter coat inside her wintry apartment, she explained why her and her four children have been without heat and hydro for the last two months, the coldest of the year.


Late 19th century: abbreviation.

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