What Are the Different Meanings of Slots?

A narrow notch, groove or opening, such as a keyway in a machine or a slit for coins in a vending machine. Also: (figuratively) A position in a group, series or sequence; a place in a timetable. I missed my bus and had to wait for the next slot.

In aviation, a scheduled time for an aircraft to take off or land at an airport, as authorized by an air-traffic control agency: The new airline was granted 40 slots at U.S. airports.

A unit of storage capacity on a computer disk or other medium, used for saving files. See also save slot.

The term slot is often used as a synonym for the word hole, especially in fields such as computing or linguistics, where it refers to a small opening in a file or other data storage system. However, in general usage, it has a more restricted meaning: a specific position within an organized structure or sequence.

As with any form of gambling, it’s important to play responsibly and set limits before you start spinning the reels. Knowing your budget and not exceeding it will help you avoid financial woes and enjoy a more pleasant experience overall. You can also increase your chances of winning by playing games with bonus features like Free Spins, multipliers and jackpot levels.

You can choose to bet on any number of paylines in a penny slot, but be aware that the amount you win per spin will depend on what symbols line up across the reels and whether or not any special symbols have been triggered. In addition, some slots allow players to choose the number of paylines they want to activate while others have a fixed number that cannot be changed.

In field hockey or ice hockey, the space directly in front of an opponent’s goal that affords a good vantage point for attacking players. Also known as the blue line.

A place in a schedule, program or itinerary that is reserved for an event. I booked a hotel room for a weekend trip, but I forgot to check the itinerary and now I’m stuck in a time slot I can’t change.

(Australian rules football) A kick between the posts for a goal. The team was behind but managed to score a slot with a long kick.

A gap or opening in a rock formation that allows for the passage of water or air, particularly on the lower surface. In aeronautics, the notch between the primaries of a bird’s wings that during flight helps to maintain a smooth flow of air over the wings. Also called a slat. Originated from Middle Low German sluta, and cognate with Dutch sleutje and German Schloss. Also with Swedish slott.