What does the word dispensary mean?

Usage examples for dispensary

  1. I refused the medicine, and then they took me down to the dispensary, lashed me to a chair, and used the pump on me. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  2. The sick were attended by a surgeon from the Dispensary, in consideration of 12 guineas per annum, contributed by the corporation to that most praiseworthy institution. – Recollections of Old Liverpool by A Nonagenarian
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