What is a Slot?


A narrow notch, groove, or opening, as in a keyway in a machine or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. A position in a group, series, or sequence.

A slot is a specific type of position in a football defense that is often assigned to cover the receiver. Generally, the slot corner is tasked with covering the third receiver on offense and may have to play both press coverage and off-man coverage. To be effective in this role, the slot corner must be well conditioned and have good athletic ability.

In casinos, slots are defined by the number of symbols on a reel and the payouts associated with each combination. The pay table is usually listed on the front or face of the machine. It may also be accessed through the help menu on video machines.

Flow management slots are a special kind of air traffic control slot issued by EUROCONTROL to allow an airline to fly through restricted airspace at particular times. The use of slots has saved time and fuel for airlines and is a major factor in maintaining the high levels of flight safety that Europe enjoys. The process of using slots is being rolled out to other areas of the world that experience the same levels of congestion as Europe and there are exciting new opportunities for air traffic managers to work together with industry to improve capacity. The number of slots will grow as new airports are built and the demand for air travel increases.