Meaning of dispenser in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈspɛnsə/

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  • 1A person or thing that dispenses something.

    ‘his role as protector of the weak and dispenser of justice’
    • ‘Lord Ganesha, the infallible dispenser of justice, is worshipped at all holy places before his elder brother, Kumar Kartikeya.’
    • ‘She has always been a meticulous dispenser of justice.’
    • ‘And I just want to know, since when did dictionary writers become our moral arbiters, our dispensers of justice?’
    • ‘Fortunately, the district court is not the last dispenser of justice in Indonesia.’
    • ‘The dispensers of justice down in Clifford Street can now talk directly via a TV link to prisons all over the country from Exeter to Durham and from Strangeways to Wandsworth.’
    • ‘But for juries to be credible and respected as the finders of fact and dispensers of justice in a community, they must represent diverse values and outlooks, Munsterman said.’
    • ‘My great-grand uncle became a dispenser of retributive justice.’
    • ‘We search desperately for justice from history and history is a very, very cruel dispenser of justice.’
    • ‘These ordinary people unleashed a torrent of religiosity that had been dammed up by the traditional dispensers of religious faith.’
    • ‘Unless every single dark location around the town is properly lit up the nocturnal rubbish dispensers will continue to have a field day.’
    • ‘How can we expect this institution to be an effective dispenser of services for all those with AIDS, let alone a leader of political struggles around AIDS in black communities here and abroad?’
    • ‘He wasn't an alcoholic, but he liked to play hard, and be the dispenser of largesse.’
    • ‘But to Asians he was a dispenser of death and destruction on a gigantic scale that the world would not see again until Genghis Khan.’
    • ‘The double gourd was the attribute of the Taoist immortal Li Tieguai, the dispenser of magic medicines.’
    • ‘An educator using this model acts as a facilitator rather than as a dispenser of information.’
    • ‘Teachers will move beyond their present role as dispensers of information and become guides, mentors, facilitators, and authors.’
    • ‘In the bigger picture, I do not ever want to be the involuntary dispenser of any consumer advertisement hidden inside a product sample box.’
    • ‘Following Wilson's election as president, House became his most intimate friend, the dispenser of his patronage and his most trusted political adviser.’
    1. 1.1A person who prepares medicines in a dispensary.
      ‘It will be a criminal offence to hold yourself out as a Chinese medical practitioner or a herbal dispenser of Chinese medicines, and a range of other appellations, if in fact one has not been registered by the board.’
      • ‘The pharmaceutical dispensers attached to government hospitals in Sri Lanka reported in sick on March 22 and protested in front of the Health Ministry in Colombo.’
      • ‘Our organisation has lost less than 2% of donations over 30 years by delivering direct to prescribers and dispensers in six African countries.’
      • ‘This may be explained by a shorter repeat prescribing interval: for dispensers it's usually 28 days, whereas for prescribers it's upwards of two months.’
      • ‘Drug prescribers and dispensers make variable efforts to discuss drugs with patients.’
      • ‘The NMMC appointed chest physicians, dispensers and laboratory technicians who worked alongside Alert staff.’
      • ‘Hearing aids have not been very successful in the past not only due to limited quality of the devices, but also due to lack of training of many dispensers.’
      • ‘A counter assistant who is asked a question to which he or she is not sure of the answer, for example, should refer it up, either to a dispenser or ultimately the pharmacist.’
      • ‘Mrs Brunt's first job was as a pharmacy dispenser in 1975 but little did she know she would end up delivering babies 30 years later.’
      • ‘She also said there were concerns about the drug dispenser at the practice working alone.’
      • ‘Duties will involve assisting the Pharmacist & Supervising Dispenser, serving customers, pricing and merchandising, stock control and ensuring the smooth running of the store.’
      • ‘Hopefully this has given some insight into the role of Pharmacist and the reason s/he is different to a dispenser and shopkeeper.’
    2. 1.2usually with modifier An automatic machine or container which is designed to release a specific amount of something.
      ‘a paper towel dispenser’
      • ‘Is there a market in second hand paper towel dispenser machines?’
      • ‘Nothing much happened except that I discovered the automatic paper towel dispenser and proceeded to contort my body into various positions to get the thing to work.’
      • ‘And, if you come across a paper towel dispenser with a lever, use your elbow instead of your hands - and don't touch the sinks, door handles or toilets after you've dried.’
      • ‘So how do we apply for a grant to get a nicotine patch dispenser machine fitted in the bus shelter?’
      • ‘If you want to use the dishwasher, follow these precautions: Use the automatic rinse dispenser feature of a dishwasher.’
      • ‘The Railway administration also declared open a coin dispenser machine and automatic platform ticket vending machine.’
      • ‘I've been happy to see a number of public bathrooms lately even include automated paper towel dispensers.’
      • ‘I nodded and walked over to the paper towel dispenser.’
      • ‘He chased me to the kitchen, and then saw the automatic ice dispenser on the door of my fridge.’
      • ‘Sales of water with dispensers has jumped by 24 per cent.’
      • ‘Often there is no soap in the dispensers or the dispensers are broken…’
      • ‘The Salt and Pepper dispensers, in lovely porcelain and bright - coloured, imported from China were tempting.’
      • ‘Iced coconut milk-shakes and tender-coconut water drawn out of dispensers were there for parched tongues.’
      • ‘A little further on, there was a young man from a Spring Green church who had set up large dispensers of coffee and cocoa.’
      • ‘People were stealing toilet paper by the roll faster than they could put it out in the dispensers.’
      • ‘The dispensers have been exclusively branded with a green and black chequered design.’
      • ‘Then the little darlings began an involved process of rinsing their fronts, rinsing their backs, getting soap out of the dispenser and rubbing it over their bathing suit-clad bodies.’
      • ‘Being the naturally suspicious (OK then, paranoid) type, I decide this is an opportune moment to get up and grab a glass of water from the dispenser.’
      • ‘Woe to anyone who put a quarter in the feed dispenser if there was a goat nearby; they'd make a straight line for the food and it mattered little who was in the way or underfoot.’
      • ‘Watching their antics and dexterity as they extract food from the dispenser can provide many live hours of enjoyment and entertainment.’