Slot – What Is It?


A slit or narrow opening. Also, a position in a series or sequence.

In the old days, slot machines were all-or-nothing affairs: you yanked on the lever and either got lucky sevens or cherries lined up or nothing. But by the 2000s, computerization had given casinos such precise control over odds and percentage payback that games became much more exciting. And while slots still don’t have the cachet of blackjack or roulette, they are now responsible for a staggering 85 percent of casino profits.

The slit or groove in which something is fitted; a slot in a door, wall, etc. Also: a position in a series or sequence; a position in an organization or hierarchy.

Computers: A slot in a motherboard or computer chassis that holds an expansion card such as an ISA, PCI, or AGP. Also, a slot on a computer that enables the attachment of a memory module.

Ornithology: A narrow notch or other similar opening in the tips of a bird’s primary feathers, used for air flow during flight. Also called a lattice or slit. Sports: An unmarked area in front of an opponent’s goal on an ice hockey rink, from which the attacking player may gain a advantageous vantage point.

Time-slot scheduling is an effective method for organizing meetings, consultations and other work events. Companies use this type of scheduling for a variety of business processes, including product manufacturing and consulting with clients. By establishing specific periods of time for these activities, the company can better manage and prioritize their workload more effectively.