slot machine

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noun
  1. a gambling machine operated by inserting coins into a slot and pulling a handle that activates a set of spinning symbols on wheels, the final alignment of which determines the payoff that is released into a receptacle at the bottom.
  2. any machine operated by inserting coins into a slot, as a vending machine.

Origin of slot machine

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of slot machine

  • "A frappe with blotting-paper on the side," Mr. Moody snarled from the slot-machine.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "You might see if you can get the slot-machine empty," I said.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It was Sheeley; he would go into the barroom, and discover the wreckage of the slot-machine!

  • How can any one be flattered by the saccharine platitudes which are ground out automatically like chewing-gum from a slot-machine?

  • He sauntered over and dropped a quarter into the slot-machine by the door, but the thing was frozen up and refused to work.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for slot machine

slot machine

noun
  1. a machine, esp one for selling small articles or for gambling, activated by placing a coin or metal disc in a slot
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