1 [slot]
a narrow, elongated depression, groove, notch, slit, or aperture, especially a narrow opening for receiving or admitting something, as a coin or a letter.
a place or position, as in a sequence or series: The program received a new time slot on the broadcasting schedule.
Linguistics. (especially in tagmemics) a position having a specific grammatical function within a construction into which any one of a set of morphemes or morpheme sequences can be fit. Compare filler ( def 9 ).
an assignment or job opening; position: I applied for the slot in management training.
the interior opening in a copy desk, occupied by the chief copy editor.
the job or position of chief copy editor: He had the slot at the Gazette for 20 years. Compare rim ( def 7 ).
an allocated, scheduled time and place for an aircraft to take off or land, as authorized by an airport or air-traffic authority: 40 more slots for the new airline at U.S. airports.
Informal. slot machine ( def 1 ).
Aeronautics, See under slat1 ( def 2 ).
Ornithology. a narrow notch or other similar opening between the tips of the primaries of certain birds, which during flight helps to maintain a smooth flow of air over the wings.
Ice Hockey. an unmarked area near the front of an opponent's goal that affords a vantage for an attacking player.
Computers. expansion slot.
verb (used with object), slotted, slotting.
to provide with a slot or slots; make a slot in.
to place or fit into a slot: We've slotted his appointment for four o'clock.
verb (used without object), slotted, slotting.
to fit or be placed in a slot.

1300–50; Middle English: the hollow of the breastbone < Middle French esclot < ?

unslotted, adjective Unabridged


2 [slot]
the track or trail of a deer or other animal, as shown by the marks of the feet.
a track, trace, or trail of something.

1565–75; < Anglo-French, Middle French esclot the hoofprint of a horse, probably < Old Norse slōth track, trail; see sleuthhound


1 [slat]
a long thin, narrow strip of wood, metal, etc., used as a support for a bed, as one of the horizontal laths of a Venetian blind, etc.
Aeronautics. a control surface along the leading edge of a wing that can be extended forward to create a gap (slot) to improve airflow.
slats, Slang.
the ribs.
the buttocks.
(initial capital letter) a nickname for a tall, slender man.
verb (used with object), slatted, slatting.
to furnish or make with slats.

1350–1400; Middle English sclat, slatt a slate < Middle French esclat splinter, fragment; see éclat Unabridged
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slat1 (slæt)
1.  a narrow thin strip of wood or metal, as used in a Venetian blind, etc
2.  a movable or fixed auxiliary aerofoil attached to the leading edge of an aircraft wing to increase lift, esp during landing and takeoff
vb , slats, slatting, slatted
3.  (tr) to provide with slats
[C14: from Old French esclat splinter, from esclater to shatter]

slat2 (slæt)
vb , slats, slatting, slatted
1.  (tr) to throw violently; fling carelessly
2.  (intr) to flap violently
3.  a sudden blow
[C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse, Icelandic sletta to slap]

slat3 (slæt)
(Irish) a spent salmon
[C19: of uncertain origin]

slot1 (slɒt)
1.  an elongated aperture or groove, such as one in a vending machine for inserting a coin
2.  an air passage in an aerofoil to direct air from the lower to the upper surface, esp the gap formed behind a slat
3.  a vertical opening between the leech of a foresail and a mast or the luff of another sail through which air spills from one against the other to impart forward motion
4.  informal a place in a series or scheme
vb (usually foll by in or into) , slots, slotting, slotted
5.  (tr) to furnish with a slot or slots
6.  to fit or adjust in a slot
7.  informal to situate or be situated in a series or scheme
[C13: from Old French esclot the depression of the breastbone, of unknown origin]

slot2 (slɒt)
the trail of an animal, esp a deer
[C16: from Old French esclot horse's hoof-print, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse sloth track; see sleuth]

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Word Origin & History

1382, "a roofing slate," from O.Fr. esclat "split piece, splinter," back-formation from esclater "to break, splinter, burst," probably from Frank. *slaitan "to tear, slit," related to O.H.G. slizan, O.E. slitan (see slit). Meaning "long, thin, narrow piece of wood or metal" attested from 1764.

c.1300, "hollow at the base of the throat above the breastbone," from O.Fr. esclot, of uncertain origin. Sense of "narrow opening into which something else can be fitted" is first recorded 1523. Meaning "middle of the (semi-circular) copy desk at a newspaper," the spot occupied by the chief sub-editor,
is recorded from 1917. The sense of "opening in a machine for a coin to be inserted" is from 1888 (slot machine first attested 1891). The sense of "position in a list" is first recorded 1942; verb sense of "designate, appoint" is from 1960s. Slot car first attested 1966.

"bar or bolt used to fasten a door, window, etc.," c.1300, from M.Du. or M.L.G. slot (cf. O.N. slot, O.H.G. sloz, Ger. Schloss "bolt, bar;" O.S. slutil "key"), from P.Gmc. stem *slut- "to close" (cf. O.Fris. sluta, Du. sluiten, O.H.G. sliozan, Ger. schliessen "to shut, close"), from PIE base *klau-
"hook, peg" (cf. Gk. kleis "key;" L. claudere "to shut, close," clavis "key," clavus "nail;" see close (v.)).
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Example sentences
The crew slips through a narrow horizontal slot on the side of the mine,
  crawling headfirst down a boulder-filled slope.
If you have made up your mind, bow out graciously and allow someone else to
  take your slot.
It involves the reason why people play slot machines, or gamble more generally.
They want everyone to have a slot who wants one, and they want the slots to be
  awarded according to merit.
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