What is a Slot?

The Slot receiver lines up between and slightly behind the wide receivers on either side of the offensive line, and is a key cog in running plays. He’s usually shorter and quicker than outside wide receivers, and must excel in precise routes. In addition, he must have great awareness of the field and know which defenders are where at all times. He’s also often required to block, more so than outside wide receivers.

A narrow depression, groove, notch, or slit, as a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine:

a position in a sequence or series into which any one of a set of morphemes can fit: The program received a new time slot on the broadcasting schedule.

Aeronautics[Ornithology]an authorization to take off or land at a specific airport or time during a specified period. Air traffic controllers use slots to balance the number of planes landing and taking off at very busy airports, and to prevent repeated delays caused by too many aircraft trying to take off or land at the same time.

In gambling, a slot is the percentage of a player’s bet that can expect to return to him over the long term, as calculated by the house edge. The figure is often quoted as an average, so it will not apply to every bet, and should be taken into account when selecting a game. It is also important to check the probabilities of each payout on a pay table before playing.