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slot machine

a gambling machine operated by inserting coins into a slot and pulling a handle that activates a set of spinning symbols on wheels, the final alignment of which determines the payoff that is released into a receptacle at the bottom.
any machine operated by inserting coins into a slot, as a vending machine.
1890-95 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for slot machine

slot machine

a machine, esp one for selling small articles or for gambling, activated by placing a coin or metal disc in a slot
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Encyclopedia Article for slot machine

fruit machine

gambling device operated by dropping one or more coins or tokens into a slot and pulling a handle or pushing a button to activate one to three or more reels marked into horizontal segments by varying symbols. The machine pays off by dropping into a cup or trough from two to all the coins in the machine, depending on how and how many of the symbols line up when the rotating reels come to rest. Symbols traditionally used include stars, card suits, bars, numbers (7 is a favourite), various pictured fruits-cherries, plums, oranges, lemons, and watermelons-and the words jackpot and bar

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