Slot Definitions – What is a Slot?


A slot is a container that can either wait for content (passive slot) or call out to a renderer to fill it in with content. Scenarios work in tandem with slots to deliver dynamic items to the page; they reference a repository item or use a slot as targeter, and the renderer specifies how the content is presented in the slot.

1. A space or position in which something can be inserted or located: The slot on the back of the TV is the perfect spot to mount the receivers.

2. A position in a game, team or event: The player in the slot is usually the first to receive the ball.

3. A piece of equipment used to hold and display money, credits or tokens: The machine is a full-featured slot machine, complete with coin tray and credit meter.

4. A machine that pays out a certain percentage of its total payout based on the laws of probability: The payout structure in modern slot machines is based on the law of mathematical probabilities. The odds that a particular symbol will appear on a payline are based on the frequency that it appears on the physical reels.

5. A position in the NFL offense: A wide receiver who lines up primarily inside the 20-yard line: Cooper Kupp, Tyler Boyd, Davante Adams and Julian Edelman are among the top slot receivers in the league.

In football, a slot receiver is a position that has become very popular and necessary over the years. It’s an important position because it allows quarterbacks to spread the field and attack all levels of the defense. Without a good slot receiver, the offense will struggle to be successful. Some players that have excelled at the slot include Wes Welker, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones.

6. A piece of electronic equipment that holds and displays information about money, credits or tokens: The slot machine’s display is a full-featured video screen, complete with stylized text to match the theme of the game. It also includes a carousel with the reels and the slot’s denomination displayed. A candle on the top of the slot machine flashes to indicate service needed, hand pay requested or a potential problem with the machine.

7. An area in a machine that can be accessed only by a ticket or voucher: A ticket or voucher is required to play the slot machine.

8. A piece of equipment that accepts cash and paper tickets: The slot machine is equipped with a paper ticket scanner.

9. A machine that gives a specific number of free spins to the player upon completion of a game: The slot machine awarded a jackpot to the player after he triggered a bonus round by spinning the reels.

10. A device that can be loaded with multiple coins: The slot has a coin chute for accepting quarters.

A slot is a slot in a computer memory or disk where data can be stored and retrieved, such as an address book entry, or the location of a file on a disk. A slot can also be a logical unit of storage on a network, such as a folder or a partition.