What is a Slot?

A slot is a narrow opening in something, often used for putting coins or tokens into a machine. You can also use the term to refer to an empty space in a schedule or program. You can also talk about a slot in a computer motherboard or other device, referring to a place where an expansion card might fit. If you say that something slots into another item, you mean that it fits snugly in the space available. He slotted the CD into the player.

A type of casino game that involves spinning reels and lining up symbols to earn credits. There are many types of slot machines, each with its own theme and bonus features. Some are progressive, meaning that winning a jackpot will unlock additional levels that can be played. Others are fixed-prize, where the winning amount is determined by the number of symbols matched on a pay line. In either case, the payouts for a win are determined by the pay table printed on the machine’s face or, in ticket-in/ticket-out machines, on a paper barcode attached to the machine.

A slot is a dynamic placeholder that can wait for content (a passive slot) or call out for it (an active slot). Slots work in conjunction with scenarios and renderers to deliver content on a page, although it’s not recommended that you use more than one scenario per slot for offer management panels. From Middle Low German slot or Middle Dutch slot, from Proto-Germanic *sluta (“bolt, lock, castle”), cognate with English lock and Schloss.