vending machine


Definition of vending machine

: a coin-operated machine for selling merchandise

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Customers are advised to loading their SmartTrip cards in advance to avoid long lines at vending machines. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Metro announces preliminary July Fourth service plans," 26 June 2019 Plus a Moët & Chandon champagne vending machine that dispenses mini bottles of champagne in the lobby. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: How to Do Las Vegas the Low-Key Way," 7 Apr. 2017 And an amazing grandmother (who has taught my kids not only to cook but to check candy vending machines for loose pieces). Glamour, "My Mother-in-Law Wore a Wedding Dress—To My Wedding," 20 June 2019 Those numbers don't include The Enquirer, which no longer has vending machines on the streets Downtown or in OTR. Randy Tucker,, "3CDC accused of violating CityBeat's First Amendment rights by seizing newspaper distribution boxes," 19 June 2019 The 41-page bill requires cigarette vending machines to be placed in areas that are open only to people over the age of 21. Daniela Altimari,, "Gov. Ned Lamont signs bill raising smoking age in Connecticut to 21," 18 June 2019 They can often be purchased at local stores, post offices, vending machines or even online. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Your Bowie Is No Good Here, But He’ll Pay for a Zumba Class in Brixton," 18 Jan. 2019 Such supplies usually appear randomly in loot boxes or vending machines. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys," 21 Dec. 2018 The long-in-the-works government regulation requires chain restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines to clearly display calorie counts next to food items. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Calorie counts at restaurants are aimed at trimming waistlines. But science suggests they don't necessarily work.," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of vending machine

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vending machine was circa 1895

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English Language Learners Definition of vending machine

: a machine that you put money into in order to buy food, drinks, cigarettes, etc.

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Kids Definition of vending machine

: a machine for selling merchandise operated by putting money into a slot

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