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 Soap Bear bore a pump dispenser on its head, and Mask Bear’s face was partially obscured by an N95. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 Wow your guests with this two-in-one trick: use a whole watermelon for your drink AND its dispenser! Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2022 During the day, a dispenser full of iced tea awaits; the selection shifts to cheese and charcuterie in the afternoon, an honor bar in the evenings, and milk and cookies on deck come nighttime. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 One feature Sheinkopf says is a winner is an automatic detergent dispenser. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2022 The Loomla Cat Water Fountain is an automatic water dispenser that's backed by more than 4,000 five-star reviews. Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 5 July 2022 Apple even worked with Aunt Flow on the design of its tampon dispenser, which features a window in the front that allows janitors to see how many products are left inside without opening the metal box. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 According to Slate, Coke and Pepsi products are not compatible in the same soda dispenser for reasons that sound very technical and make little to no sense to me (read for yourself here). Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 23 June 2022 Weiss says staff mistook the sealant pouches for milk and put them in the milk dispenser. Claire Stremple, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dispenser

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispenser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispenser. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of dispenser

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

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Nglish: Translation of dispenser for Spanish Speakers


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