vending machine


Definition of vending machine

: a coin-operated machine for selling merchandise

Examples of vending machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the vending machine dispenses Loucite Jelly hoops encased in plastic bubbles. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Sasha Bikoff Designs a Jewel Box Salon for Alison Lou," 17 Dec. 2020 The world’s first vending machine dispensed holy water. Addison Nugent, Popular Mechanics, "Why Heron's Aeolipile Is One of History's Greatest Forgotten Machines," 29 Nov. 2020 Carvana opened with much fanfare in December 2018, as the car dealership's seven-story glass vending machine lit up bright blue. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "I-69 expansion could force relocation of 4 businesses, including Carvana tower," 16 Oct. 2020 If approved, the Carvana vending machine would likely dispense its first cars in late 2021 or early 2022, Strong said. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, "This vending machine dispenses cars, not soda," 6 Sep. 2020 Who could’ve predicted that one day people would be buying their next car from a towering glass vending machine? Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "2020 in Review: Behold the Many Wonders of Michigan," 19 Dec. 2020 Buyers receive an over-sized novelty coin to activate the vending machine, which dispenses the vehicle in a moment that feels considerably more special than buying a year-old bag of Cheetos. Car and Driver, "10Best Cars and Trucks for 2021," 18 Nov. 2020 Capshaw said the vending machine will be placed at The Scottsdale Quarter soon. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "This animal-loving Scottsdale teen's nonprofit work could make him the 'Kid of the Year'," 29 Nov. 2020 The Escondido City Council met Wednesday and approved development plans for a Carvana Fulfillment Center/vending machine auto dealership, with an eight-tier glass and steel tower up to 75 feet tall, at 559 N. Hale Ave. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, Sept. 27," 27 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Vending machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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