from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrow opening; a groove or slit: a slot for coins in a vending machine; a mail slot.
  • n. A gap between a main and auxiliary airfoil to provide space for airflow and facilitate the smooth passage of air over the wing.
  • n. An assigned place in a sequence or schedule: a new time slot for a TV program.
  • n. A position of employment in an organization or hierarchy.
  • n. Computer Science An expansion slot.
  • n. Informal A slot machine designed for gambling: lost $100 playing the slots.
  • n. Football A space or gap between an end and a tackle in an offensive line.
  • n. Sports An unmarked area in front of the goal between the face-off circles on an ice hockey rink.
  • transitive v. To cut or make a slot or slots in.
  • transitive v. To put into or assign to a slot.
  • n. The track or trail of an animal, especially a deer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A broad, flat, wooden bar, a slat, especially as used to secure a door, window, etc.
  • n. A metal bolt or wooden bar, especially as a crosspiece.
  • n. A channel opening in the stator or rotor of a rotating machine for ventilation and insertion of windings.
  • n. surfing term for the barrel or tube of a wave.
  • v. To bolt or lock a door or window.
  • n. A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; especially, one for the reception of a piece fitting or sliding in it.
  • n. A gap in a schedule or sequence.
  • n. The allocated time for an aircraft's departure or arrival at an airport's runway.
  • n. In a flying display, the fourth position; after the leader and two wingmen.
  • n. A space in memory or on disk etc. in which a particular type of object can be stored.
  • n. A slot machine designed for gambling.
  • n. The vagina.
  • v. To put something (such as a coin) into a slot (narrow aperture)
  • v. To assign something or someone into a slot (gap in a schedule or sequence)
  • v. To put something where it belongs.
  • n. The track of an animal, especially a deer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A broad, flat, wooden bar; a slat or sloat.
  • n. A bolt or bar for fastening a door.
  • n. A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; esp., one for the reception of a piece fitting or sliding in it.
  • n. The track of a deer; hence, a track of any kind.
  • transitive v. To shut with violence; to slam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To slit; cut; gash.
  • To provide with a slot or groove; hollow out.
  • In coal-mining, same as hole, 3 .
  • To track by the slot, as deer. Compare slothound.
  • To shut with violence; slam.
  • n. The fastening of a door; a bar; a bolt.
  • n. A piece of timber which connects or holds together larger pieces; a slat.
  • n. A small piece.
  • n. A castle; a fort.
  • n. A hollow.
  • n. In machinery, an elongated narrow depression or perforation; a rectangular recess or depression cut partially into the thickness of any piece, for the reception of another piece of similar form, as a key-seat in the eye of a wheel or pulley; an oblong hole or aperture formed throughout the entire thickness of a piece of metal, as for the reception of an adjusting-bolt. See cut under sheep-shears.
  • n. In a cable street-railroad, a narrow continuous opening between the rails, through which the grip on the car passes to connect with the traveling cable.
  • n. A trapdoor in the stage of a theater.
  • n. A hollow tuck in a cap, or other part of the dress.
  • n. A hem or casing prepared for receiving a string, as at the mouth of a bag.
  • n. The track of a deer, as followed by the scent or by the mark of the foot; any such track, trace, or trail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (computer) a socket in a microcomputer that will accept a plug-in circuit board
  • n. a slot machine that is used for gambling
  • n. a small slit (as for inserting a coin or depositing mail)
  • n. a time assigned on a schedule or agenda
  • n. the trail of an animal (especially a deer)
  • v. assign a time slot
  • n. a position in a hierarchy or organization
  • n. a position in a grammatical linguistic construction in which a variety of alternative units are interchangeable


Middle English, hollow of the breastbone, from Old French esclot.
Obsolete French esclot, horse's hoofprint, from Old French, perhaps from Old Norse slōdh, track.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Low German slot or Middle Dutch slot, from West Germanic. Cognate with German Schloss ("door-bolt"). (Wiktionary)
From Old French esclot, of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
From Old French esclot, from Old Norse slóð ("track"). Compare sleuth. (Wiktionary)



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