What Is a Slot?


A narrow notch, groove or opening, as in a machine, container, etc. (From Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition.)

A slot in a schedule or program is an opportunity for something to happen. He waited until the right time to phone his friend, hoping to find an empty slot.

In computer hardware, a slot (or expansion slot) is a pinhole-like connection on the motherboard of a desktop computer that allows you to insert an add-on card with circuitry providing specialized capability, such as video acceleration or sound support. The original Intel Slot 1 and the AMD Slot A are examples of slots that are no longer used in new computers, having been replaced by sockets.

If you have a number of tasks with deadlines and objectives, slot-based scheduling can help you organize your workflow throughout the day, as well as set priorities for meeting these important deadlines. It can also be useful when collaborating with teams, as it allows staff members to communicate openly about availability and ensure that everyone is aware of changes or updates to deadlines, meetings and project timelines.

A slot is a position in the paytable of a slot machine that corresponds to the probability of hitting certain symbols on a particular reel. For example, a slot that pays out cherries often pays more frequently than one that pays out bells or bars. A slot with high volatility, on the other hand, may have fewer wins but larger payouts when it does pay out.