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dispenser

[dih-spen-ser] /dɪˈspɛn sər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that dispenses.
2.
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
1250-1300; Middle English; see dispense, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for dispenser

dispenser

/dɪˈspɛnsə/
noun
1.
a device, such as a vending machine, that automatically dispenses a single item or a measured quantity
2.
a person or thing that dispenses
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Word Origin and History for dispenser
n.

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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