A slot is a narrow notch, groove, or opening, as in a keyway in a machine or a slit for coins in a vending machine. A slot may also refer to:
In aviation, a flight time or position reserved for a particular aircraft on a specific day and at a given air traffic control facility due to restrictions in airport or airspace capacity, air traffic management issues, etc. Slots are typically allocated through a centralized coordination entity such as Eurocontrol in Europe.
On a casino slot machine, players insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, paper tickets with barcodes, into a designated slot to activate the reels. When a winning combination of symbols appears, the player receives credits according to the paytable. Bonus features such as free spins, sticky wilds, and multipliers may also be included. Most slot games have a theme, and the symbols and other game elements are aligned with that theme.
In football, the slot receiver is a key member of any offense. They are responsible for lining up a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and can stretch defenses with their speed. Some NFL teams are completely built around their slot receivers, such as the Eagles with Jordan Matthews, the Chiefs with Tyreek Hill, and the Panthers with Keenan Allen. A successful slot receiver can do it all, from running the ball to catching passes and blocking. They are the perfect complement to a deep wide receiver corps.