vending machine


: a coin-operated machine for selling merchandise

Examples of vending machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sales of such substances are proposed to be restricted to staffed stores rather than vending machines. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The money can be used on more chips at vending machine corners, which are break points in each run. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Future plans include a free naloxone vending machine and, building on the progress of the temporary shelter, a 40-unit apartment building to be used in part for transitional housing for people with addiction. Lev Facher, STAT, 16 Nov. 2023 Spearheaded by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and developed by the Martin Fisher Foundation, the vending machines can be found at more than 10 locations in the Bristol and Brighton regions. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 27 Dec. 2023 There will also be a confetti countdown, live music, light bites, craft cocktails and a complimentary token for a champagne vending machine. Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2023 Sadie Gertrude Stern was born on Oct. 31, 1934, in Elizabeth, N.J., the youngest of three children of David Stern, a jukebox and vending machine distributor, and Dora (Mendelson) Stern, a skilled cook who would later prepare feasts for the cast and crew of her daughter’s productions. Alex Williams, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 In mid-December, Hamilton County Public Health installed two of these new vending machines (the other is Downtown at Fire Station District 3), designed to meet people who may not be able to get to, or feel comfortable going to, other harm reduction sites. The Enquirer, 3 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vending machine was circa 1895

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“Vending machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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vending machine

: a machine from which one may get merchandise after putting in coins

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