What is a Slot?

A slit or other narrow opening, especially one for receiving something. See also hole, gap, vent, pore. Also: a position in a sequence or series, an assignment, or a job opening or position.

A slot is a slit or other narrow opening, usually in the side of something, for receiving something, such as a coin or a letter. A hole, pore, or aperture in the side of an object or animal, or in a wall or building. A slit or other narrow opening in a screen, door, or window. A place or position, especially in a sequence or series, an assignment, job opening or position, or in the case of an aircraft, a location where a control surface (aileron or flap) can be located.

Sports The area in front of the goal between the face-off circles on an ice hockey rink.

On video slots, the symbols vary according to the theme of the machine, but classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Some slots have multiple pay lines; each one gives the player a different chance of winning based on what combinations appear on the reels. Some of these payout percentages are posted on the machines, but most aren’t. Tracking your results over time can help you figure out the probability of hitting a certain payout combination, but that’s still only an approximation. Using central flow management, however, is more accurate and can save you time and fuel by keeping you on the ground instead of in the air, waiting for a slot.