What Is a Slot?


A slit or narrow opening, especially one for receiving something, as coins or letters. Also: a place or position, as in a time period or meeting slot. From the American Heritage(r) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

In computing, a slot is an empty port on a motherboard into which an expansion card can be inserted. It can also refer to a location on the screen that displays results of computer games or lottery drawings.

Casinos use slots to help players keep track of their winnings and losses. This helps them make decisions about how much to wager, as well as whether to keep playing or leave the table. Some casinos offer higher payback percentages than others, but this is not always reflected in online reviews.

Some businesses and organizations use time slots to establish deadlines and milestones for completing projects. For example, financial companies often set appointments with clients in specific times of the day using a slot-based system. When implementing slot-based scheduling, it is important to communicate any updates or changes to schedules and ensure team members are aware of these shifts. This can help avoid confusion and miscommunication, which can reduce productivity.