A thin opening, notch, or groove, as in a door or window, or a slit for coins in a vending machine. Also, an allocated time and place for a flight to take off or land, as authorized by air-traffic control. Sports A unmarked area in front of an opponent’s goal in ice hockey.

A slot is a dynamic placeholder that either waits for content to be fed into it (passive slot) or actively calls out for it (active slot). Slots are used in conjunction with scenarios and renderers.

The pay table for a slot machine is the list of possible payouts based on combinations of symbols lining up on the reels, and may include other information such as jackpot amounts, denominations available, and bonus features. In older machines, the pay table was printed directly on the machine. In more modern video slot machines, they are usually displayed on the screen.

In football, a slot receiver is a small wide receiver who can play the outside routes on the route tree, such as slants and quick outs. They are often quicker than boundary receivers, and can stretch defenses vertically off pure speed. This makes them effective at covering tight windows. In the NFL, many teams use a mix of both boundary and slot receivers. However, some teams have solely focused on using slot receivers. The most successful ones have been able to combine their slot skills with outstanding running abilities.