What is a Slot?

What is a Slot?


A narrow notch, groove, or opening, such as one for a key in a lock. Also called slit, slot, and window. Often used in the phrase “put a coin in the slot.”

A position or role, especially in a group or sequence. A player in a football team who plays on the outside of the wide receivers is a slot. The opposite of a deep slot is a shallow slot, which is a position near the middle of the field in a football game. A slot receiver must be fast and have good hands to catch the ball.

In computer science, a slot is a location in the processor where an operation can be performed. A CPU has many slots, each corresponding to different operations. A CPU executes the operation in whichever slot is available at that time. If a CPU can’t execute an operation in a particular slot, it will move on to another slot.

The number of paylines in a slot machine is important to know before you play. Traditional slots only have one horizontal payline, but many newer games have multiple paylines to increase your chances of winning. Paylines will be highlighted on the machine’s pay table and will tell you how much you can win if matching symbols land in a specific pattern.

You can also find information on the odds of winning with each type of symbol on a slot machine’s pay table. This will help you choose which slots to play, and how much to wager. In addition, you’ll want to read about the bonus features and jackpots that are offered in each slot game.

Sports A spot in the front of the goal between the face-off circles on an ice hockey rink, where a player may go to score. Also called the slot and the hole.

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Fifth Edition, 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

To fit something into a slot or position, as in a machine or container: He slotted the letter into the envelope.

The space for a ticket or boarding pass in a travel document, such as an airline ticket or passport. You can also see these spaces on a digital version of a passport or on an airport website.

In computer science, a slot is essentially a dynamic placeholder that waits for content to be loaded (a passive slot) or calls out to a renderer to fill its contents (an active slot). A renderer specifies how the slot’s content will be presented on a page. Slots work in tandem with scenarios to deliver content to the site, and you shouldn’t use more than one scenario per slot. You can also specify which repository items a slot will contain using the Add Items to Slot action or the Slots tab in the Offer Management panel. For example, a Slot for Media-image items cannot hold images from the Solutions repository. The ACC recommends using the Slots tab to manage these dynamic slots.