Is there a word describing this action?

What is the name of the machine that provides you a ticket with your number or priority turn? you don't wait in line/queue in order, just take a seat and wait to be called by this number, code or even your name.

Also, need to know the name of the display where you see the last turn called.


EDIT: I supposed to replicate this in a software system. The term Kiosk applies here?

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    It's called taking a number. They're called take-a-number dispensers and you wait your turn and watch the now serving sign. I do not know a single word for either of these. – Mazura Apr 2 '16 at 2:57
  • Do you need the term for the name of a class or function or is this name something users will see? – candied_orange Apr 2 '16 at 4:01
  • @CandiedOrange it was for documentation propose, thanks. – Horaciux Apr 2 '16 at 21:55
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    Note that "how do you call" is not English. It is always "What do you call". – David Mar 12 '17 at 20:12

It's a ticket dispenser. Here's one for sale that I found on the web (I'm not knowingly affiliated with the vendor).

Dispenser noun 1.2 [usually with modifier] An automatic machine or container which is designed to release a specific amount of something: a paper towel dispenser - ODO

The word kiosk is more evocative of a booth or small room, so it's not as appropriate as dispenser for the device itself. Ticket dispensers are often either free-standing or bolted to a wall, but if it was placed in a small room, possibly with someone in that space doing the dispensing, that room could be called the ticket kiosk. The machine itself would still be called a dispenser, though.

  • Thanks. I'm wondering if the term kiosk applies, see my edit. Thanks again. – Horaciux Apr 2 '16 at 3:11
  • @Horaciux I've edited my answer to discuss the term 'kiosk'. – Lawrence Apr 2 '16 at 5:53

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