What is a Slot?


A slot in football is a receiver position that lines up slightly in the backfield, a few steps off of the line of scrimmage. While they share many of the same traits and responsibilities as wide receivers, there are some unique characteristics that define what makes a great slot receiver.

A light on the top of a slot machine that flashes to indicate change is needed, hand pay is requested or there is a problem with the machine. A common feature on mechanical slot machines, it is not a necessary part of video slots that use credit meters instead.

The amount of money won (paid out) divided by the total amount played (paid in). Also known as the “Hot Slot” statistic, it is displayed on the win/loss screen and indicates which slots have paid out the most recently.

An airport slot is the right to operate at a specific time of day when air traffic control is constrained. These are typically reserved for high-traffic routes such as Heathrow, or are allocated to airlines based on their needs and the route’s demand. They can be traded and are very valuable Рone early morning landing slot at Heathrow was sold in 2016 for $75 million.

A slot is also a computer connection designed to make upgrading the processor easier. The term was originally used for ISA and PCI expansion slots, but it is now also applied to the socket on which the processor sits in a desktop or notebook.