Main definitions of slot in English

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noun

  • 1A long, narrow aperture or slit in a machine for something to be inserted.

    ‘he slid a coin into the slot of the jukebox’
    • ‘He banged his head on a coin slot, tore a hole in it the size of a quarter, started bleeding bad and couldn't find anything to plug the hole with but washing powder.’
    • ‘Beck watched as Clark reached into his pocket and pulled out a small, thin plastic card, which he inserted into a slot underneath the key.’
    • ‘He found a quarter with his index finger, picked it up and pushed it into the coin slot on the face of the machine.’
    • ‘The conmen had constructed a full fake metal fascia decorated with bank logos and then put it on the front of the cash machine with slots for the card and for a receipt to be dispensed.’
    • ‘She dug around in her purse and inserted a one-pound coin into the slot, waiting impatiently for the machine to process the menu.’
    • ‘I inserted a CD into the insert slot on the machine and it pulled the CD inside.’
    • ‘Once you park, get to the machine nearest to your car, insert a five rupee coin at the slot provided and type your car registration number.’
    • ‘The desktop software that manages the scanner is clunky, and feeding a film strip requires that you insert it into a slot just right.’
    • ‘Coffee drinkers in luxurious coffee shops may throw a disrespectful or pathetic look on me, one who puts coins in the slot of a coffee machine.’
    • ‘He took the two coins with a half grin and inserted them in the slot.’
    • ‘You will have to open the PC and find a slot to insert the cards.’
    • ‘Only when Tiffany shoved a few coins in the machine slot and restarted the aeroplane again did the child shut up.’
    • ‘The woman is trying to slip quarters into the machine slot with one hand while struggling to hold on to the feisty girl with her other hand.’
    • ‘Police said crooks blocked the slot of cash machines, then noted the pin number by looking over the customer's shoulder.’
    • ‘Aruna put the disc into the slot, and the machine began to whir.’
    • ‘Well you pay for the ticket by inserting coins into a coin slot, and of course, notably the ticket machine does not take notes.’
    • ‘It has to be inserted into a slot inside your PC in order to work.’
    • ‘They noticed the cashpoint slot was narrow, and when the card was retained they remained by the machine for further instructions - but nothing happened.’
    • ‘She inserts a piece of metal in to the card slot of the ATM machine, then when the card gets stuck she advises the user to re-enter their pin number while taking note of it herself.’
    • ‘This user-friendly machine has a tiny slot for inserting the bank-notes and the service provided is free.’
    aperture, slit, crack, hole, opening, groove, notch
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    1. 1.1 A groove or channel into which something fits or in which something works, such as one in the head of a screw.
      ‘a screwdriver fitted into the slot’
      • ‘It's easy to find a bit that fits the screw slot properly.’
      • ‘He showed me the particular key to the bureau, which appeared to be quite complicated, as it had four sets of grooves and slots, instead of the average of one.’
      • ‘The fence is held fixed by thumbscrews bearing on the top of the guides, rather than by screws passing through the slots of the guides and pressing collars against their bottoms.’
      • ‘It generally requires slotting the card into the AGP port and securing it to the slot via a screw.’
      • ‘The SPD-SL reinforcing plate has a beveled slot, and the thin head of the Campy screw bends a bit to conform.’
      • ‘It is a matter of indifference to the designer of the tool whether particles are trapped within the catcher at the level of the groove or at the level of the slot.’
      • ‘Quickly, she sealed it and without looking dropped it into the slot marked ‘out of town mail.’’
      • ‘An accessory pack full of the usual stuff including various screws, stands, slot covers, etc was included.’
      • ‘A slot had to be marked out and cut out on the side of the case for the motherboard I / O plate to fit in.’
      • ‘Placing the unit in the slot, Nathan replaced the panel and screwed it in just as Sean walked in.’
      • ‘They've even used proper PCI slot covers that screw in, so you don't bleed to death from trying to poke out those annoying pressed covers that most cases have.’
      • ‘This prevents the screwdriver from climbing out of the screw slot.’
      • ‘Cut, drill or rout out a slot (as marked by XXX) for 1/2 of the length.’
      • ‘When placed into a slot that fits the screw's groove and shape, this allows for rotary motion to be converted into forward or backward motion.’
      • ‘The delivery system includes a first modular manifold for internally channeling the high purity fluid streams along seamless slots.’
      • ‘It's certainly usable, but maybe having slots instead of screw holes for more flexibility when mounting would have been better.’
      • ‘An undercutter cuts a horizontal slot, or kerf, along the floor of the advancing room to provide a relief for blasting.’
      • ‘He fed the disk into the reader slot, checked to make sure no one had screwed up the settings, and hit go.’
      • ‘I looked more closely, and realized that the deep, circular groove in the metal plate that surrounded the slot was more than decorative engraving.’
      • ‘Of course, the screw slot is pretty fine, so without a properly fitting screwdriver, there is a real risk of marring things.’
  • 2An allotted place in an arrangement or scheme such as a broadcasting schedule.

    ‘a late-night television slot’
    ‘landing slots at Heathrow airport’
    • ‘Leon's speech was broadcast on news slots on various television channels.’
    • ‘Musicians from solo artists to bands are invited to call to book one of the evening slots which will be broadcast from professionally set-up recording studios.’
    • ‘Additionally, ITV would be allowed to move the Monday to Thursday bulletin to a later slot on 52 times a year.’
    • ‘The BBC occupies the broadcasting slot which The Guardian occupies in print.’
    • ‘Either way, there are not the big budget regional programmes being produced that sometimes ended up being shown during primetime slots on the network, giving much needed character and variety.’
    • ‘For correspondents, the anchor slot became the pinnacle position.’
    • ‘Once 15 separate companies offered unique programmes and bartered for airtime and slots.’
    • ‘This programme was his first bite at a regular broadcast slot, though his function was limited to introducing the panellists and asking the questions.’
    • ‘It is listened to by more than 15,000 people every week and the Somali slot will be broadcast from 7.40 to 7.55 pm.’
    • ‘But it's just a format, the way a magazine or a slot of television time is a format.’
    • ‘An increasing proportion of commentators hardly ever write at all but occupy regular slots on radio or television, often reaching a much wider audience than any author could hope to.’
    • ‘The BBC is to place greater emphasis on foreign affairs programming with the announcement of funding for more commissions, to be broadcast in prime-time slots.’
    • ‘The new series will be filmed in London and is due to go out in a lunchtime slot on BBC ONE.’
    • ‘In another change from the usual pattern, the lectures will be broadcast in a morning slot at 9.00 am (with a repeat in the evening).’
    • ‘Rather than being relegated to Saturday morning kiddie fare, anime often holds a prime time slot on Japanese television and is programmed for adults.’
    • ‘The special edition programme will be broadcast in the regular time slot on BBC ONE in summer 2005.’
    • ‘The subject of no fewer than three slots on television news bulletins on Thursday night, it was an unprecedented achievement for an editor demanding his paper gets talked about.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, when it is televised, often it is broadcast during inconvenient time slots.’
    • ‘There was a spate of complaints in the press recently about cable TV operators assigning Taiwan's three sports broadcasters into unpopular slots.’
    • ‘The five shortlisted stories will be broadcast in a late-night slot when readers are judged to be broader-minded than in the afternoon.’
    spot, time, period
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verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Place (an object) into a slot, typically one specifically designed to receive it.

    ‘he slotted a cassette into the tape machine’
    ‘the plates come in sections that can be slotted together’
    • ‘Then she tidied the piles of paper and slotted it into the printer trays upside down, so that the next day's printing would be backed with junk.’
    • ‘The best outcome would be encouragement of a view of education which placed more emphasis on drawing people out (which is what the Latin educare means) and less on slotting them in to jobs.’
    • ‘This is what a new £7.4million extension to Bradford Royal Infirmary will look like when the prefabricated sections are slotted together.’
    • ‘Shoppers and commuters in Newbridge could well be slotting their euros in the parking metres as soon as October, according to county council officials.’
    • ‘South Lakeland residents are being urged to slot their coins in the collecting tins of the Royal British Legion to invest in a poppy to wear with pride.’
    insert, put, place, fit, slide, slip
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    1. 1.1no object Be placed or able to be placed into a slot.
      ‘the processors will slot into a personal computer’
      • ‘Into this you can slot 35 mm slides and negatives (two at a time) to transfer to your computer for posterity, or print out for all to enjoy.’
      • ‘Anyway, we placed the tin full of snow on the kitchen table and I carefully spooned some out onto a blank slide which I then slotted under the microscope lens.’
      • ‘Up went maroon-clad arms appealing for offside but the flag stayed down and de Boer had little difficulty slotting past the exposed Niemi.’
      • ‘Japan retrieved a draw out of this though, largely thanks to the boot of the big defender inadvertently slotting beyond his own keeper.’
      • ‘Hakkinen, who started from third position, quickly slotted behind Schumacher, both avoiding the pile-up drama going on behind them.’
      • ‘Usually, they run around furiously like electrons in a super accelerator, bouncing wide, converging inside, slotting back towards the middle of the park.’
      • ‘It's hard to imagine simply slotting back into Claridges as if nothing had happened.’
      • ‘Three of the ladies arrived late but were allowed to parade, slotted between the procession of kings.’
    2. 1.2British informal (of a soccer player) score (a goal) with a precise shot.
      ‘he slotted in the opening goal’
      • ‘The lead was reduced to six points but Silsden managed to hold on with Bowness slotting a drop goal as the final whistle blew.’
      • ‘Josephs slotted a drop goal after the break, but town took control.’
      • ‘The Livingston defence were caught flat-footed, allowing the Croatian to home in on goal before slotting the ball past the advancing McKenzie.’
      • ‘Park slots the ball into the right-hand inside netting.’
      • ‘He took his time, looked up and waited for the goalkeeper to move before slotting a low right-footed shot past the goalkeeper.’
      • ‘Guiseley's leading scorer slotted the resultant spot kick home sending Tom Morgan the wrong way.’
      • ‘It was brilliant - a dribble from the half-way line, past all those players and still managing to slot the ball in the back of the net, perfectly at the end of it all.’
      • ‘The youngster promptly ran in on goal and coolly slotted the ball to the back of the net.’
      • ‘The Barcelona superstar slotted his fifth goal of the finals seconds after a brilliant run by Ronaldinho.’
      • ‘Law scored two, but Best's was acclaimed as the pick of the goals, when he swivelled on the bye-line to slot the ball into the tightest of spaces.’
      • ‘For him time stood still as he picked his spot and slotted the ball through to one of his strikers.’
      • ‘Seitaridis has made the right-back slot his own in Portugal.’
      • ‘Two penalty attempts by Dalglish failed to dent Aberdeen's slender lead, which increased near the half-hour mark as Oddie slotted a penalty goal.’
      • ‘Six yards out from goal, he duly slotted home the decisive score.’
      • ‘New Zealand slotted the winning golden goal, giving Alstonville the silver medal.’
      • ‘Kaka threaded a ball through the centre past three static PSV defenders, the Ukrainian latched on to it and comfortably slotted the ball past the advancing Gomes.’
      • ‘Albion dug into their reserves and after good progress downfield, Brookes found the space to slot a drop goal over to give Albion a slight lead with 20 minutes remaining.’
      • ‘The French striker controlled it and then had the relatively easy task of slotting the ball into an empty goal from the edge of the Croatian penalty area.’
      • ‘The Ukrainian, celebrating his 28th birthday today, made no mistake as he coolly slotted the ball past Marshall.’
      • ‘Just as the defensive player was about to take the ball, Army slotted home the winning goal to win 2-1.’
    3. 1.3slot in/intono object (of a person) fit easily into (a new role or situation)
      ‘employers look for someone who will slot into the office culture’
      • ‘The site covers just about any type of music you can think of, from rock and country to pop and dance, plus all kinds that can't easily be slotted into one genre or another.’
      • ‘And the ease with which he has slotted into the Charlton back line, you could be forgiven for thinking he has played there for several seasons.’
      • ‘The workers have no value because anybody else can simply be slotted into any role.’
      • ‘Up against a nation of multi - million pound players, I think the Scotland captain more than held his own and looked like he could have easily have slotted into the Italian team without looking out of place.’
      • ‘A bewildering game plan had players slotting in and out of different roles, and they spent more time in the first half trying to work out where they should be than tackling the opposition.’
      • ‘In part, this was the natural reaction of so many women who were slotted into traditional roles without being consulted, or paid less in the workplace for equal effort.’
      • ‘While demonstrating his ethnic and religious location unequivocally, Jani refuses to be slotted in the role of community spokesperson.’
      • ‘Saathiya can easily be slotted into the romance genre.’
      • ‘Syal said that the film was not gimmicky and most importantly people were not slotted into preconceived roles.’
      • ‘Christopher Wren senior was installed as Dean on 4 April 1635 and there the young Christopher was brought up by his father and by an older sister who slotted into the role of a mother to him.’
    4. 1.4slot someone/something inwith object Manage to find a time or opportunity to deal with someone or something.
      ‘I can slot you in at 3.15, if that works for you’
      • ‘He's is booked for the next seven months for any big jobs, though he could slot you in for an oil change on relatively short notice.’
      • ‘Because I was teaching a course in the fall where I could slot him in, I spontaneously extended an offer to him to come speak at Hamilton.’
      • ‘My dentist slotted me in for an emergency appointment and reattached my crown in the morning.’
      • ‘I went to Fairwater garage today for my MOT, phoned today and they slotted me in straight away.’
      • ‘And I actually am busy. Even if there was a guy that I liked I don't think I could slot him in any time that isn't the weekend.’
      • ‘If you call us on the morning of the day you need to come in - we're open from 8am - we'll try and slot you in then.’
      • ‘He'll always slot you in, but I think perhaps he doesn't give himself enough time for reflection.’
      • ‘It's an odd time to slot him in.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘slight depression running down the middle of the chest’, surviving as a Scots term): from Old French esclot, of obscure origin.

Pronunciation

slot

/slɒt/

Main definitions of slot in English

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noun

usually slots
  • The track of a deer, as visible in soft ground.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Old French esclot ‘hoof print of a horse’, probably from Old Norse slóth ‘trail’; compare with sleuth.

Pronunciation

slot

/slɒt/