One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fixture in a street or other public place with a nozzle by which a hose may be attached to a water main.
- ‘Kids open the hydrants to cool off without paying.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Inadequate water pressure from the District's hydrants could be putting lives at risk.’
- ‘The plaintiff accidentally struck a water hydrant whilst manoeuvring his vehicle, causing water to flow out.’
- ‘The hydrants were not working and the hoses the fire officers were using to extinguish the blaze were riddled with holes.’
- ‘There is a chance of residents losing water pressure and it can cause delays for us if we need the hydrants for firefighting.’
- ‘The buried valve allowing them to drain and avoid freezing can allow bacterially contaminated water to be drawn into the riser pipe leading to the hydrant.’
- ‘Several hydrants were dry, including one hydrant located in the heart of the area affected by the fire.’
- ‘Therefore, water can still be drawn from external sources such as hydrants, pipes, and wells.’
- ‘The fire brigade was called and tackled the blaze using water from street hydrants.’
- ‘During both fires, which occurred simultaneously at 11pm on Friday, firemen faced a severe shortage of water, leaking hoses and dry hydrants.’
- ‘Up the street, other kids had turned on the hydrant.’
- ‘Originally, extinguishing systems included hydrants and standpipes to assist manual efforts.’
- ‘The fire hydrants at the complex were too old to provide enough water pressure so fire crews tapped into a 12-inch main nearby.’
- ‘The company intends to make the water hydrants more secure in future.’
- ‘The problem of teenagers turning on emergency hydrants during this week's sunshine to cool off in the spray has become so serious in Salford that a government-led summit has been organised to discuss how to deal with the culprits.’
- ‘The firemen could not find the hydrants at first.’
- ‘Outside on the streets the water hydrants dribbled miserably after entertaining shrieking Hispanic kids all day long in exuberant gushes.’
- ‘In 1985, we installed buried irrigation pipes leading from the pond to fourteen hydrants.’
- ‘A method for inspecting the integrity of a water pipeline system is disclosed wherein water hydrants can be used to access the system.’
- ‘He said the installation of some 62 new hydrants would be completed by this week.’
Early 19th century (originally US): formed irregularly from hydro- ‘relating to water’ + -ant.
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