Slot – Word of the Day

A narrow opening, especially one for receiving something, as a coin or letter. Also, a position in a series or sequence; an assigned place: They slotted me into the 2 pm time slot.

A machine that takes cash or paper tickets with barcodes (in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines) and displays a series of reels with symbols, paying out credits based on the paytable when certain combinations are triggered. A number of different types of slot machines exist, including progressive ones that accumulate a joint jackpot, and flashy ones with multiple paylines and bonus features.

An open or empty position, particularly one that is reserved for someone. Also, a position in a group or sequence; an assignment: He got the slot as chief copy editor.

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Word of the Day

A narrow opening, especially a hole for receiving something: A coin dropped into the slot. Also, a position in a schedule or program: She was able to fit an appointment into her busy schedule. Or, a sports location: He took a good position in front of the goal in ice hockey. Also: To make a space or position available or acceptable: The car seat belt slotted into place easily.