What is a Slot?


A slot is a place or position, especially one for receiving something, such as a coin or letter. It can also refer to a time slot, when someone makes an appointment or visit. The word is derived from the Latin slit or hole. It is sometimes used as a synonym for aperture, groove, or vent.

In a slot machine, the player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a slot or other opening on a machine and then activates it by pressing a button or lever. The reels then spin and stop to reveal symbols, which pay credits according to the machine’s pay table. Different slot games have varying rules and payout structures.

The term slot is also used to describe a football position. Normally the third string receiver, a slot receiver is primarily a pass-catching specialist, running slant routes and other deep patterns against linebackers. These types of routes require speed and twitch ability to beat the opposing team’s coverage. Great slot receivers such as Wes Welker are very good at getting open on short passes and juking linebackers in the process.

In offer management, a slot is a dynamic placeholder that waits for content (a passive slot) or calls out for it (an active slot). A slot has several important properties that you can configure to meet your needs. These include the following: