What is a Slot?


In the context of aviation, a slot is the amount of time allowed for the plane to take off. This is usually determined by the runway length, but it can also be influenced by other factors, including weather, traffic delays and airport congestion. If there is a delay, the pilot will usually attempt to reschedule for another time slot.

A slit or narrow aperture, as in a piece of metalwork. Also, a hole in a wall or other surface, through which cable is run. The slot is cut into the wall using a saw or other tool.

(informal) A space in a game of Australian rules football or rugby, for scoring a goal by kicking the ball between the posts into it. A shortened form of slotta, from Old Dutch *slot (“bolt, lock”), from Proto-Germanic *sleutana (to lock), cognate with German Schloss (“lock, castle”).

There are some players who believe that it is possible to “split” a slot machine by quickly pushing the spin button again after seeing a winning combination. This is not the case, however, as microprocessors in modern slot machines allow each symbol to have a different probability of appearing. If you want to increase your chances of winning, always read the pay table before putting any money in a slot. It will tell you the maximum payout on a symbol, and any caps that the casino may place on a jackpot prize. Also, it will give you an idea of how often the machine pays out.