The slot is the area in front of the opposing goal that provides a vantage for attacking players. In ice hockey, center and wingers who can hit the puck in the slot have an excellent chance to score without a deflection. This is why defenders often try to make it difficult for attackers to enter the slot.
A narrow notch, groove or opening, such as one for a keyway in machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine.
In a slot machine, the slots or reels are lined with symbols that when spun produce credits depending on how they line up. The symbols that appear are decided by an RNG (random number generator). The randomness of the RNG means that every spin is unique. It also means that if you stop the reels or do anything else after a spin, it won’t affect the outcome. Some people believe that patterns in the slots, like zigzags, can help them predict when they might win. This is not true, however.
A slot is an authorization to take off or land at a given airport during a certain time period, as allocated by air traffic control. Using slots is important in highly-congested airports to avoid repeated delays and unnecessary fuel burn. Companies that frequently interact with clients and have set appointment times can benefit from using time slots for their meetings. The slots can be used to organize appointments and keep track of important deadlines or milestones.