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

Granted, food scientists managed to modify Coca-Cola and Pepsi in 1985 for testing aboard the space shuttle Challenger, and the space shuttle Discovery boasted a soda dispenser in 1995. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 The first dispenser in the United States was at Mr. Coppola’s San Francisco cafe in 2016. Laura M. Holson, New York Times, "The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories," 16 Apr. 2018 The in-door water dispenser also makes cubed and crushed ice and has a built-in filter to boot. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators to Buy in 2019, Reviewed By Kitchen Appliance Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 The control panel is intuitive and, along with the dispensers, very easy to use. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Fagor Dishwasher #LFA-751T," 7 Mar. 2015 Burlington police are looking to the public to help identify a man who allegedly poured urine into bathroom soap dispensers and air fresheners last month at the town library , police said on Friday. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Urine found in bathroom soap dispensers, air fresheners at Burlington library," 7 Apr. 2018 Photo: Scott McCartney/The Wall Street Journal In Atlanta, sensors installed in paper-towel, toilet-tissue, sanitizer dispensers and plumbing fixtures alert custodians through an app to outages, leaks and overflows. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Try Stall Tactic: Better Bathrooms," 2 Jan. 2019 According to Consumer Reports, mold can develop in several places in front-load washing machines: namely the detergent dispenser and the rubber gasket around the opening of the washer. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This $20 Gadget Will Save Your Washing Machine From Mold," 12 Oct. 2018 The new Tru by Hilton brand will have bulk dispensers for amenities rather than tiny bottles. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The travel industry goes green: Plastic straws are no longer welcome," 31 May 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


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Kids Definition of dispenser

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

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