What is a Slot?


A narrow opening in a machine, container, or other object where a token is dropped to operate it. In the video game industry, slots are often named after their themes or characters. They may be themed after Ancient Egypt, movies, hit TV shows, or even famous musicians. Some slots also feature Megaways or other innovative ways to pay, increasing players’ chances of winning big.

The act of slotting something into a place or position in relation to other items, as in a car’s seat belt slots easily into the buckle. A repurposed term, from electromechanical slot machines’ “tilt switches” that made or broke circuits when the machine was tilted to make it stop working.

In ice hockey, the area in front of the opposing goaltender and between the face-off circles that affords a good vantage point for an attacking player. Also called the low slot or high slot.

A time interval that can be used to schedule appointments with clients, as in “We have a two-hour slot available for your next appointment.” The slot concept can be applied to other types of work, such as arranging meetings with coworkers or managing project deadlines. See the article on Render Scope for more information.