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[dih-spen-ser] /dɪˈspɛn sər/
a person or thing that dispenses.
a container, package, device, or vending machine for holding and dispensing something in small amounts, as facial tissue, paper cups, or candy.
Origin of dispenser
1250-1300; Middle English; see dispense, -er1 Unabridged
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  • dispenser must be de-energized prior to service to avoid personal injury.
  • Barricade work area to block vehicle access to the dispenser.
British Dictionary definitions for dispenser


a device, such as a vending machine, that automatically dispenses a single item or a measured quantity
a person or thing that dispenses
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Word Origin and History for dispenser

c.1400, "one who administers" (a household, etc.), c.1200 in surnames, from Anglo-French dispensour, Old French despenseor, from Latin dispensatorem, agent noun from dispensare (see dispense). Meaning "a container that dispenses in fixed measure" is from 1918.

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