A narrow opening into which something can be fitted. (Origin uncertain, perhaps from sloth or sloe, or perhaps from Middle Low German schlot, a short rod or spike used in connecting the journal of the axle with the screwhead S). The sense “a place for a coin in a machine” is by 1888, and that of a position or time allocation is attested by 1942 (see slot car). A slot in the typewheel is a narrow opening into which a pin acts to hold a piece of paper. Other narrow openings are the ailerons and flaps of some airplanes, allowing a controlled airflow over the wings.
In football, a slot receiver is a smaller player who can stretch the defense vertically off pure speed, or run shorter routes on the route tree such as slants and quick outs. These players are particularly important for teams that play a lot of pass-oriented offenses.
A quarter slot is a good option for people on a budget because it has higher payouts than nickel and penny slots but isn’t too expensive or risky. However, it’s important to know what the maximum cashout amounts are before you start playing so you won’t be disappointed when it comes time to collect your winnings. Luckily, most online casinos list their maximum cashout amounts in the ‘Slot Properties’ section. It’s also helpful to understand the different game symbols and their meaning so you can make smarter bets.