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

The large pet water dispenser has a 2½-gallon capacity while the feeder can hold 12 pounds of kibble. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and Pets: Automatic food dishes go high tech," 27 June 2019 Help yourself to the self-serve dispensers and build your own cheeseboard with a selection of crackers, cheeses, meats and sides like nuts and dates ($1-$3.50 each). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Want to learn more about wine? These 12 Phoenix tasting rooms can help," 19 June 2019 Problem #5: Plastics that never dry Select the most intensive drying cycle and keep your rinse agent dispenser full — rinse aids (like Finish Jet Dry Turbo or Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid help water slide off rough plastic surfaces. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "8 Annoying Dishwasher Problems — Solved!," 28 Jan. 2015 Chemical dispenser hose improperly connected to mop sink faucet. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Food stored at improper temperature at 5 restaurants on this week’s restaurant inspections," 5 June 2019 Sanitary napkin and tampon dispensers, however, have been stuck in time. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Tech-Savvy Critics Aim to Upgrade the Tampon Dispenser," 2 May 2019 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

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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 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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