vending machine


Definition of vending machine 

: a coin-operated machine for selling merchandise

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In what is probably the most unsexy, unflattering language ever used to describe a warplane, the Air Force says the ideal A-10 Thunderbolt replacement would be akin to a soda vending machine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What the Air Force Wants the A-10's Replacement To Look Like," 17 June 2016 After Kinsey, who is known for her role as Angela Martin on The Office, bought a jacket from an airport vending machine, the internet had a field day. Madison Roberts,, "Angela Kinsey's Husband Turned Her Internet-Famous Jacket Into an Incredible Cookie," 9 Apr. 2018 But, in general, the snacks stocked in communal refrigerators, pantries or vending machines have little nutritional value. Lindsey Bever,, "Why you should probably stop snacking at work," 14 June 2018 Researchers are now conducting a similar study focused more deeply on foods purchased at vending machines or cafeterias. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "All that food at work is making us unhealthy, study finds," 12 June 2018 Bullet trains, pod hotels, robot stage shows, vending machines for exotic hot drinks, white-gloved cab drivers, Japanese whiskey, orderly queues and fancy, high-tech toilets being only the most obvious. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 Industry executives expect the systems to be embedded across a host of devices from vending machines to cars to appliances. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Hands Siri Responsibilities to Executive Poached From Google," 10 July 2018 The restaurant will also have a full bar and a Moët & Chandon vending machine. Jenn Harris,, "Century City is about to get some serious fried chicken," 10 July 2018 In 1997, two longtime MBTA employees were arrested and charged with stealing at least $2,700 in cash and tokens from fare-vending machines. Travis Andersen,, "Theft scandals have hit MBTA in the past," 20 June 2018

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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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