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hydrant

hy·drant

hydrant

 
pronunciation:
haI drnt
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part of speech: noun
definition: an upright pipe with a valve from which water can be drawn from a water main.
It is against the law to park in front of a fire hydrant.
Word History
Hydrant comes from an ancient Greek word, hydor, which means "water." A number of other English words contain the letters hydr-; most of them have something to do with water. Hydrogen is a word invented by a French scientist in the 1700s. It means "producing water," because hydrogen forms water when it is mixed with oxygen.
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The word hydrant contains the following parts:
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.