Definition of dispenser in English:

dispenser

noun

  • 1A person or thing that dispenses something.

    ‘his role as protector of the weak and dispenser of justice’
    • ‘My great-grand uncle became a dispenser of retributive justice.’
    • ‘Unless every single dark location around the town is properly lit up the nocturnal rubbish dispensers will continue to have a field day.’
    • ‘And I just want to know, since when did dictionary writers become our moral arbiters, our dispensers of justice?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this sense the police are inherently dealers in and dispensers of evil and can never command universal love.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These ordinary people unleashed a torrent of religiosity that had been dammed up by the traditional dispensers of religious faith.’
    • ‘The double gourd was the attribute of the Taoist immortal Li Tieguai, the dispenser of magic medicines.’
    • ‘We search desperately for justice from history and history is a very, very cruel dispenser of justice.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Fortunately, the district court is not the last dispenser of justice in Indonesia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following Wilson's election as president, House became his most intimate friend, the dispenser of his patronage and his most trusted political adviser.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the bigger picture, I do not ever want to be the involuntary dispenser of any consumer advertisement hidden inside a product sample box.’
    • ‘He wasn't an alcoholic, but he liked to play hard, and be the dispenser of largesse.’
    1. 1.1 A person who prepares medicines in a dispensary.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hopefully this has given some insight into the role of Pharmacist and the reason s/he is different to a dispenser and shopkeeper.’
      • ‘Our organisation has lost less than 2% of donations over 30 years by delivering direct to prescribers and dispensers in six African countries.’
      • ‘Drug prescribers and dispensers make variable efforts to discuss drugs with patients.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She also said there were concerns about the drug dispenser at the practice working alone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Duties will involve assisting the Pharmacist & Supervising Dispenser, serving customers, pricing and merchandising, stock control and ensuring the smooth running of the store.’
    2. 1.2usually with modifier An automatic machine or container which is designed to release a specific amount of something.
      ‘a paper towel dispenser’
      • ‘The dispensers have been exclusively branded with a green and black chequered design.’
      • ‘If you want to use the dishwasher, follow these precautions: Use the automatic rinse dispenser feature of a dishwasher.’
      • ‘People were stealing toilet paper by the roll faster than they could put it out in the dispensers.’
      • ‘Watching their antics and dexterity as they extract food from the dispenser can provide many live hours of enjoyment and entertainment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've been happy to see a number of public bathrooms lately even include automated paper towel dispensers.’
      • ‘He chased me to the kitchen, and then saw the automatic ice dispenser on the door of my fridge.’
      • ‘Iced coconut milk-shakes and tender-coconut water drawn out of dispensers were there for parched tongues.’
      • ‘I nodded and walked over to the paper towel dispenser.’
      • ‘The Railway administration also declared open a coin dispenser machine and automatic platform ticket vending machine.’
      • ‘A little further on, there was a young man from a Spring Green church who had set up large dispensers of coffee and cocoa.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Salt and Pepper dispensers, in lovely porcelain and bright - coloured, imported from China were tempting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sales of water with dispensers has jumped by 24 per cent.’
      • ‘So how do we apply for a grant to get a nicotine patch dispenser machine fitted in the bus shelter?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Often there is no soap in the dispensers or the dispensers are broken…’

Pronunciation

dispenser

/dɪˈspɛnsə/