• WordNet 3.6
    • v dispense give or apply (medications)
    • v dispense administer or bestow, as in small portions "administer critical remarks to everyone present","dole out some money","shell out pocket money for the children","deal a blow to someone","the machine dispenses soft drinks"
    • v dispense grant a dispensation; grant an exemption "I was dispensed from this terrible task"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the Pez mint dispenser was first introduced it was meant to replace the activity of smoking
    • n Dispense Dispensation; exemption.
    • n Dispense Expense; profusion; outlay. "It was a vault built for great dispense ."
    • Dispense To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct. "While you dispense the laws, and guide the state."
    • Dispense To compensate; to make up; to make amends. "One loving hour
      For many years of sorrow can dispense ."
    • Dispense To deal out in portions; to distribute; to give; as, the steward dispenses provisions according directions; Nature dispenses her bounties; to dispense medicines. "He is delighted to dispense a share of it to all the company."
    • Dispense To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; -- with from. "It was resolved that all members of the House who held commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary attendance.""He appeared to think himself born to be supported by others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for himself."
    • Dispense To give dispensation. "He [the pope] can also dispense in all matters of ecclesiastical law."
    • Dispense To pay for; to atone for. "His sin was dispensed With gold, whereof it was compensed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.
    • dispense To deal or divide out; give forth diffusively, or in some general way; practise distribution of: as, the sun dispenses heat and light; to dispense charity, medicines, etc.
    • dispense To administer; apply, as laws to particular cases; put in force.
    • dispense To relieve; excuse; set free from an obligation; exempt; grant dispensation to.
    • dispense To atone for; secure pardon or forgiveness for.
    • dispense Synonyms Dispense, Distribute, Allot, Apportion, Assign. Dispense is to be distinguished from the others in that it expresses an indiscriminate or general giving, while they express a particular and personal giving; as, to distribute gifts; to assign the parts in a play, etc.
    • dispense To make amends; compensate.
    • dispense To bargain for a dispensation; compound.
    • dispense To give up the possession or use of; do without: as, to dispense with all but the bare necessaries of life; I can dispense with your services.
    • dispense To give up the observance or practice of; do away with; disregard.
    • dispense To put up with; allow; condone.
    • dispense To excuse; exempt; set free, as from an obligation.
    • dispense To do or perform: as, to dispense with miracles.
    • dispense To dispose of; consume.
    • n dispense Dispensation.
    • n dispense Expense; expenditure; profusion.
    • n dispense A larder; a spence.
    • dispense To put up (a medical prescription).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens as they were in the past. They are now operated by magnetic cards known in Hebrew as a telecart (tel-eh-cart). These plastic cards, the same size and shape as a credit card, are available at post offices, some hotel reception desks, street kiosks and dispensing machines.
    • v.t Dispense dis-pens′ to deal out in portions: to distribute: to administer:
    • n Dispense expense: profession: abundance
    • v.t Dispense dis-pens′ (Spens.) to pay for
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action --the ability to pass directly from thought to action.”
  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    “There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.”
  • Arthur Train
    Arthur Train
    “Court... a place where they dispense with justice.”
  • Plato
    “Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.”
  • Jean Francois Regnard
    Jean Francois Regnard
    “To know how to dispense with things is to possess them.”
  • John L. Motley
    John L. Motley
    “Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dispenser, L. dispensare, intens. of dispendere,. See Dispend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dispenser—L. dis, asunder, pensare, inten. of pendĕre, to weigh.


In literature:

The dispensing power of the Crown not only acknowledged, but earnestly invoked!
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Various are the dispensations of God's grace unto his own.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
Do thou behold the dispensation of Destiny!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
We are thus once more reminded of the distinction between essential or unavoidable relational concepts and the dispensable type.
"Language" by Edward Sapir
The head attendant and dispenser was very affable, as to a promising neophyte.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
From it he dispenses a rough hospitality, welcomes the wayfarer, and exchanges the chronicle of the range.
"Wells Brothers" by Andy Adams
In the beginning of this dispensation these two witnesses were the vicars of Christ in his church upon earth.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
Every one is familiar with the theocratic government of Israel under the Old Testament dispensation.
"The Last Reformation" by F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
He wanted to dispense altogether with Parliament and instead have a committee of representatives.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
We could never think of dispensing with the sofa.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas

In poetry:

One Father provides for the whole,
Who lived ere all Being began;
Who regards the soft sigh of the soul,
And dispenses his bounty to man.
"A Summer's Evening's Contemplation" by Elizabeth Bath
May not the sovereign Lord on high
Dispense his favors as he will,
Choose some to life, while others die,
And yet be just and gracious still?
"Hymn 117" by Isaac Watts
When full brute Appetite is fed,
And choakd the Glutton lies and dead;
Thou new Spirits dost dispense,
And fine'st the gross Delights of Sense.
"Song" by Aphra Behn
Love, like a rock, should firmly stand,
And hang its shelter o’er thee;
While only zephyrs soft and bland,
Dispense their sweets before thee.
"Anemone" by S C Edgarton
Yet they to Love were once ally'd,
For Love could every joy dispense;
Sweet Pleasure smil'd by Virtue's side,
And Love was pair'd with Innocence."
"Love" by Jane Bowdler
Wouldst thou distinctly know the sound
Of law and grace, then don't confound
The dispensation with the grace:
For these two have a distinct place.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Koch machine to dispense anti-Obama ads.
Typical applications include small-dot dispensing of dispensable-grade solder pastes, silver epoxies, surface-mount adhesives, dispensing beads of structural adhesives, cavity and cam filling, and glob top dispensing .
Los Angeles goalie wants to dispense of New Jersey after Game 4 loss at home.
So, why would anyone want to switch to an amenity dispenser system.
Not Your Father's Dispenser .
Leighton notes that there are many exceptions to the state's stocking and dispensing rules.
This webinar will provide an overview of the different types of dispense valves and review criteria for matching valves to specific fluids and applications.
Bolivia's Burning Question: Who May Dispense Justice.
In the past, many ECPs avoided dispensing soft-toric CLs because of prescription limitations and poor success rates that resulted from excessive lens rotation.
Dispense with TV Drug Ads.
Seven ways to dispense with Debbie Downers.
Films Dispense With Storytelling Conventions.
When paired with the enMotion foam soap and sanitizer products, users experience fast response, no-touch dispensing to help minimize cross-contamination risks.
The VELCRO Plant Tie and Dispenser clips onto the waistband, allowing for one-hand operation.
The dispenser uses a stainless steel blade for cutting appropriate Plant Tie lengths.

In science:

Lovelock showed that one can dispense with (iii)).
Localization of Energy in General Relativity
The global constraints on chaotic dynamics induced by the analyticity of smooth flows are used to dispense with individual periodic orbits and derive infinite families of exact sum rules for several simple dynamical systems.
Beyond the periodic orbit theory
By taking into account all periodic points, not just the real ones, these sum rules dispense with the infinite intricacies of controlling the parameter dependence of symbolic dynamics of systems as simple as a parabola.
Beyond the periodic orbit theory
To address this discrepancy, first note that if N were R4 we could dispense with the cutoffs in the definition of hA .
Simple Type and the Boundary of Moduli Space
This way, our (writing of the) protocol can dispense with local variables altogether.
Randomized Two-Process Wait-Free Test-and-Set