- a narrow, elongated depression, groove, notch, slit, or aperture, especially a narrow opening for receiving or admitting something, as a coin or a letter.
- a place or position, as in a sequence or series: The program received a new time slot on the broadcasting schedule.
- Linguistics. (especially in tagmemics) a position having a specific grammatical function within a construction into which any one of a set of morphemes or morpheme sequences can be fit.Compare filler(def 9).
- an assignment or job opening; position: I applied for the slot in management training.
- the interior opening in a copy desk, occupied by the chief copy editor.
- the job or position of chief copy editor: He had the slot at the Gazette for 20 years.Compare rim(def 7).
- an allocated, scheduled time and place for an aircraft to take off or land, as authorized by an airport or air-traffic authority: 40 more slots for the new airline at U.S. airports.
- Informal. slot machine(def 1).
- Aeronautics. See under slat1(def 2).
- Ornithology. a narrow notch or other similar opening between the tips of the primaries of certain birds, which during flight helps to maintain a smooth flow of air over the wings.
- Ice Hockey. an unmarked area near the front of an opponent's goal that affords a vantage for an attacking player.
- Computers. expansion slot.
- to provide with a slot or slots; make a slot in.
- to place or fit into a slot: We've slotted his appointment for four o'clock.
- to fit or be placed in a slot.
Origin of slot1
Examples from the Web for slotted
At home, I changed her diaper and slotted her into her high chair.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
NBC slotted it behind The Voice, its top-rated show, and launched it the day after it aired the Super Bowl.‘Smash’ Ends Its Run: What Happened to This Once Promising Show?
May 24, 2013
He had slotted the treasury post for his junior partner, Bennett.How Bibi Stopped Being King
J. J. Goldberg
March 6, 2013
In the United States, only 10 percent of charitable donations is slotted specifically for girls.Philanthropy in the City: Women Moving Millions Revolutionizes Fundraising
October 11, 2012
A year later, when my company was slotted to return there, I reenlisted.I Reenlisted to Return to Afghanistan, Only to Find Myself in Kuwait
April 22, 2012
But, inasmuch as both of them were slotted, they wouldn't join.On Secret Service
William Nelson Taft
These washers, as put on the market, comprise a slotted rotating drum, which tumbles the potatoes about and loosens the dirt.
The slotted ceiling opened as McGuire watched, and the whole structure swung slowly around.
The moon-disk is also slotted, so a small amount of motion is possible to it along the stick or bar.Pioneers of Science
The whole is then fixed in a piece of light copper tube, which is slotted by means of a hack saw or fret saw to receive them.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out
Fred T. Hodgson
- an elongated aperture or groove, such as one in a vending machine for inserting a coin
- an air passage in an aerofoil to direct air from the lower to the upper surface, esp the gap formed behind a slat
- a vertical opening between the leech of a foresail and a mast or the luff of another sail through which air spills from one against the other to impart forward motion
- informal a place in a series or scheme
- (tr) to furnish with a slot or slots
- (usually foll by in or into) to fit or adjust in a slot
- informal to situate or be situated in a series or scheme
- the trail of an animal, esp a deer
Word Origin and History for slotted
late 14c., "hollow at the base of the throat above the breastbone," from Old French esclot "hoofprint of a deer or horse," of uncertain origin, probably from Old Norse sloð "trail" (see sleuth). Original sense is rare or obsolete in Modern English; sense of "narrow opening into which something else can be fitted" is first recorded 1520s. Meaning "middle of the (semi-circular) copy desk at a newspaper," the spot occupied by the chief sub-editor, is recorded from 1917. The sense of "opening in a machine for a coin to be inserted" is from 1888 (slot machine first attested 1891). The sense of "position in a list" is first recorded 1942; verb sense of "designate, appoint" is from 1960s. Slot car first attested 1966.
"bar or bolt used to fasten a door, window, etc.," c.1300, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German slot (cf. Old Norse slot, Old High German sloz, German Schloss "bolt, bar, lock, castle;" Old Saxon slutil "key," Dutch slot "a bolt, lock, castle"), from Proto-Germanic stem *slut- "to close" (cf. Old Frisian sluta, Dutch sluiten, Old High German sliozan, German schliessen "to shut, close, bolt, lock"), from PIE root *klau- "hook, peg" (cf. Greek kleis "key;" Latin claudere "to shut, close," clavis "key," clavus "nail;" see close (v.)). Wooden pegs seem to have been the original keys.
1560s, "to bolt a door," from slot (n.2). Related: Slotted; slotting.
1747, "provide with a slot, cut slots in," from slot (n.1). Meaning "drop a coin in a slot" is from 1888. Sense of "take a position in a slot" is from 1940; that of "fit (something) into a slot" is from 1966. Oldest sense is obsolete: "stab in the base of the throat" (c.1400). Related: Slotted; slotting.