What is a Slot?

A slit or narrow opening for receiving something, as a coin or a letter. Also: a position in a group, series, sequence, or organization; a job, a place to be, etc.

In the US, a slot is an authorization to take off or land at a busy airport during a specified time period. It is distinct from air traffic control clearance and other similar authorizations. It is used around the world to manage air traffic at very busy airports and prevent repeated delays that occur when too many flights attempt to take off or land during a short time period.

The term taste is a reference to the small amount of money often paid out by slot machines in order to keep players seated and betting for extended periods of time. Most machines will pay out a minimum of one or two credits over the course of several pulls. However, if the machine fails to pay out at all, it is said to have “tilted”.

On older electromechanical slot machines, a tilt switch would make or break a circuit and trigger an alarm. Modern machines no longer use tilt switches, but any kind of technical fault is still referred to as a “tilt”.

A slot is a position in a group, series, or sequence; a job, a place to do something, or a position within an organization or hierarchy. Slots can be found on computers, mobile phones, video games, and other devices.