- 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
- the track or trail of a deer or other animal, as shown by the marks of the feet.
- a track, trace, or trail of something.
Origin of slot2
- a long thin, narrow strip of wood, metal, etc., used as a support for a bed, as one of the horizontal laths of a Venetian blind, etc.
- Aeronautics. a control surface along the leading edge of a wing that can be extended forward to create a gap (slot) to improve airflow.
- slats, Slang.
- the ribs.
- the buttocks.
- (initial capital letter)a nickname for a tall, slender man.
- to furnish or make with slats
Origin of slat1
Examples from the Web for slot
He said Moran had expected to be muffled by state observers when he did a slot on their show.Igor Meerson, Russia’s Funniest Export
September 24, 2014
The German government paid $16 billion to make sure there would be a slot for every child.Free Market Failure: Raising a Kid Is a Rigged Game in the USA
August 25, 2014
And that enabled me to slot in the shooting of the first two episodes [of The Divide] in that.Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’
July 16, 2014
(Mulgrew could actually nudge out Chlumsky and land that sixth slot).Emmys 2014: Who Will and Who Should Be Nominated
July 9, 2014
This slot harks back to what Walters is most celebrated and venerated for—her interviews.Don’t Remember Barbara Walters for ‘The View’
April 8, 2014
The plate burped and a slip dropped out of the slot below it.Mezzerow Loves Company
Floyd L. Wallace
For a moment she paused irresolute; then she dropped the coin in the slot.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
Bill Joseph is the luckiest man that ever tapped a slot machine.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
The blade lies in a slot and is held tight by the tapered ferrule.Wood-Block Printing
F. Morley Fletcher
He had therefore to be content with observation through the slot.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
- 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
- a narrow thin strip of wood or metal, as used in a Venetian blind, etc
- a movable or fixed auxiliary aerofoil attached to the leading edge of an aircraft wing to increase lift, esp during landing and takeoff
- (tr) to provide with slats
- (tr) to throw violently; fling carelessly
- (intr) to flap violently
- a sudden blow
- Irish a spent salmon
Word Origin and History for slot
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.
late 14c., earlier sclat (c.1300), "a roofing slate, a thin, flat stone," from Old French esclat "split piece, chip, splinter" (Modern French éclat), back-formation from esclater "to break, splinter, burst," probably from Frankish *slaitan "to tear, slit" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German slizan, Old English slitan; see slit (v.)). Meaning "long, thin, narrow piece of wood or metal" attested from 1764.