dis·​pens·​er | \ di-ˈspen(t)-sər How to pronounce dispenser (audio) \

Definition of dispenser

: one that dispenses: such as
a : a container that extrudes, sprays, or feeds out in convenient units a soap dispenser
b : a usually mechanical device for vending merchandise

Examples of dispenser in a Sentence

hospitals and other health-care dispensers
Recent Examples on the Web Each customer will select an individual mask from a tissue-like dispenser, the agency said. USA TODAY, "Nail salons, strip club outbreak, Harvard from afar: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2020 Each customer will select an individual mask from a tissue-like dispenser. David Wickert, ajc, "MARTA to distribute 2 million masks beginning Monday," 4 July 2020 Refill your dispenser with eco-friendly poop bags made from 50% recyclable materials. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "New dog? Here’s everything you’ll need to make your pup happy," 25 June 2020 This value size, complete with a pump dispenser, is priced at $46, which means about $12 worth of savings. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Pixi’s Glow Tonic Never Goes On Sale — Until This Week," 24 June 2020 The new dispenser is designed to be configured to the various demands of each new rideshare mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "An Italian-made rocket faces a big test on Thursday night," 17 June 2020 Attach this poop bag dispenser to any leash to make cleanup convenient and easy on walks. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "New dog? Here’s everything you’ll need to make your pup happy," 25 June 2020 Poop bag dispensers are more functional than anything else, but this dispenser is cute, too! Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "15 top-rated outdoor pet products you can buy at Petsmart," 22 June 2020 The droplets can contaminate nearby surfaces, like the toilet handle and toilet paper dispenser, and even be inhaled by other people in the restroom, according to the paper. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Watch out for public toilets: Coronavirus could splash out, scientists say," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of dispenser

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Dispenser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispenser. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispenser

: a machine or container that lets you take small amounts of something
: a person or organization that gives or provides something to people


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Kids Definition of dispenser

: a container that gives out something in small amounts a soap dispenser

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