dis·pens·er | \ -ˈspen(t)-sər \

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

Other Marriott hotel brands, including Starwood, Four Points and Moxi, have already switched to the pump dispensers. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Tiny shampoo bottles are out at dozens of Marriott and InterContinental hotel brands," 5 May 2018 Starter kits cost around $80 for the dispenser, soda bottles and coupon or rebate for the carbonator cylinder. Liz Weston, USA TODAY, "7 gifts that help your college graduate stash more cash," 14 Apr. 2018 Ikea has similar twist-off dispensers ranging from $1.49 to $9.99, but none with that oh-so-trendy all-black look. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "How Target’s new minimalist home goods line compares to Ikea and Muji products," 22 June 2018 Each sunscreen dispenser is equipped with four 1,000 mL pouches of hypoallergenic broad-spectrum SPF-30 sunscreen, available in four different varieties, safe for people aged 6-months and up. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 12 June 2018 Butter Scotch Bar Bonanza: Visit this liquid treat dispenser for your fix of yummies, and play some family-friendly games like Candy Corn Toss, Candy Cane Golf and Gumball Kerplunk. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At the San Diego County Fair, it's all about the sweet stuff," 31 May 2018 Those little hotel bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash—icons of travel—are disappearing, replaced by bulk dispensers mounted on shower walls. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 2 May 2018 And Reed uses the film’s action sequences to play with size even further, growing and shrinking cars, characters, buildings, and, in one marvelous burst of visual whimsy, a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a Marvel marvel," 4 July 2018 In one, an enlarged Hello Kitty Pez dispenser is turned into a weapon, hurled at a baddie in the manner of an old-fashioned Scottish caber toss. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp Has Stakes as Small as Its Superheroes But It’s Hard to Dislike," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of dispenser

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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


dis·pens·er | \ di-ˈspen-sər \

Kids Definition of dispenser

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

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