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hydrant

[hahy-druh nt] /ˈhaɪ drənt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a water faucet.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism; hydr-1 + -ant
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  • The police said the blast damaged a fire hydrant and broke the building's windows.
  • Opening a fire hydrant on a hot day now requires new levels of sophistication and mischief.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrant

hydrant

/ˈhaɪdrənt/
noun
1.
an outlet from a water main, usually consisting of an upright pipe with a valve attached, from which water can be tapped for fighting fires See also fire hydrant
Word Origin
C19: from hydro- + -ant
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Word Origin and History for hydrant
n.

1806, a hybrid coined in American English from Greek hydr-, stem of hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + -ant.

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