vending machine


Definition of vending machine

: a coin-operated machine for selling merchandise

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The company earlier this summer sent its first fully stocked vending machine to a liquor store in Fargo, N.D., CEO and co-founder John Ramsay said. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "CBD vending machines: Lakewood company hopes to utilize point-of-sale systems to drive revenue," 22 Aug. 2019 Then with no warning, some began overturning trash cans, vending machines and carts, using them to build makeshift barricades in anticipation of a confrontation with police. NBC News, "Hong Kong protest suddenly turns chaotic," 21 Aug. 2019 Other tips: Load or buy your SmarTrip cards in advance to avoid long lines at fare vending machines. Washington Post, "Here’s how to navigate the July 4th festivities— and protests," 2 July 2019 But there are much quicker (not to mention quirkier) options available: vending machines. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "Press B3 to Be Mine (With a Vending-Machine Engagement Ring)," 10 Sep. 2019 Its creator John Shepherd-Barron was inspired by a candy bar vending machine. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "What would we do without them? Labor Day marks 50 years since the ATM made its U.S. debut," 30 Aug. 2019 That’s right, a vending machine where a credit or debit card goes in and CBD products come out. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "CBD vending machines: Lakewood company hopes to utilize point-of-sale systems to drive revenue," 22 Aug. 2019 San Francisco International Airport is rolling out a ban to end the sale of plastic water bottles at its convenience stores, restaurants and vending machines. CBS News, "San Francisco International Airport rolls out ban on plastic water bottles," 20 Aug. 2019 Some of Sound Transit’s ticket-vending machines in the Seattle area were down for much of the Monday morning commute due to a widespread internet outage. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Comcast outage in Seattle area temporarily downs Sound Transit ticket machines," 24 June 2019

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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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