In football, the slot is a specific position that sits in an in-between position, just behind the wide receiver and slightly wider than the running back. The slot receiver possesses a unique skill set that makes them stand out from other players in the position. They need to have a lot of speed, excellent hands, and be precise with their routes. They also need to block very well. The best slot receivers have a good amount of chemistry with the quarterback and can run just about every route in the book.
The first fully electromechanical slot machine was developed by Bally in 1963 and was known as Money Honey. It had a bottomless hopper and could automatically pay out up to 500 coins without the need for an attendant. Today’s slot machines are much more complex and include many different features.
Another way to describe a slot is as a narrow aperture or groove, often in the form of a hole in a door or wall. This is where the name originated from. A slot is also a term used to refer to a narrow opening in the middle of a computer motherboard that houses expansion slots for things like the ISA, PCI, and AGP slots.
A slot is also a term used in aviation to refer to the right to operate at a particular time at an airport. These slots are allocated by EUROCONTROL’s network management team and can be valuable assets.