What Are Slot Machines?

(adjective) 1. A position or time in which an aircraft is scheduled to take off or land, as authorized by an airport or air-traffic authority. 2. A narrow notch or other similar opening between the tips of the primaries of certain birds, during flight, to maintain a smooth flow of air over the wings. 3. A space in a computer file system that holds one or more files, allowing the system to quickly locate and display them. 4. In ice hockey, a unmarked area near the front of an opponent’s goal that affords a vantage for an attacking player.

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