Main definitions of slot in US English:

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slot1

nounPlural slots

  • 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 took the two coins with a half grin and inserted them in the slot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The desktop software that manages the scanner is clunky, and feeding a film strip requires that you insert it into a slot just right.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They noticed the cashpoint slot was narrow, and when the card was retained they remained by the machine for further instructions - but nothing happened.’
    • ‘Well you pay for the ticket by inserting coins into a coin slot, and of course, notably the ticket machine does not take notes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only when Tiffany shoved a few coins in the machine slot and restarted the aeroplane again did the child shut up.’
    • ‘Aruna put the disc into the slot, and the machine began to whir.’
    • ‘I inserted a CD into the insert slot on the machine and it pulled the CD inside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has to be inserted into a slot inside your PC in order to work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will have to open the PC and find a slot to insert the cards.’
    • ‘She dug around in her purse and inserted a one-pound coin into the slot, waiting impatiently for the machine to process the menu.’
    • ‘This user-friendly machine has a tiny slot for inserting the bank-notes and the service provided is free.’
    • ‘Police said crooks blocked the slot of cash machines, then noted the pin number by looking over the customer's shoulder.’
    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.
      • ‘An undercutter cuts a horizontal slot, or kerf, along the floor of the advancing room to provide a relief for blasting.’
      • ‘The delivery system includes a first modular manifold for internally channeling the high purity fluid streams along seamless slots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Placing the unit in the slot, Nathan replaced the panel and screwed it in just as Sean walked in.’
      • ‘It's easy to find a bit that fits the screw slot properly.’
      • ‘Quickly, she sealed it and without looking dropped it into the slot marked ‘out of town mail.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It generally requires slotting the card into the AGP port and securing it to the slot via a screw.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The SPD-SL reinforcing plate has a beveled slot, and the thin head of the Campy screw bends a bit to conform.’
      • ‘He fed the disk into the reader slot, checked to make sure no one had screwed up the settings, and hit go.’
      • ‘Of course, the screw slot is pretty fine, so without a properly fitting screwdriver, there is a real risk of marring things.’
      • ‘It's certainly usable, but maybe having slots instead of screw holes for more flexibility when mounting would have been better.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An accessory pack full of the usual stuff including various screws, stands, slot covers, etc was included.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cut, drill or rout out a slot (as marked by XXX) for 1/2 of the length.’
      • ‘I looked more closely, and realized that the deep, circular groove in the metal plate that surrounded the slot was more than decorative engraving.’
  • 2An allotted place in an arrangement or plan such as a broadcasting schedule.

    ‘a late-night television slot’
    ‘landing slots at O'Hare’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This programme was his first bite at a regular broadcast slot, though his function was limited to introducing the panellists and asking the questions.’
    • ‘Leon's speech was broadcast on news slots on various television channels.’
    • ‘There was a spate of complaints in the press recently about cable TV operators assigning Taiwan's three sports broadcasters into unpopular slots.’
    • ‘For correspondents, the anchor slot became the pinnacle position.’
    • ‘The special edition programme will be broadcast in the regular time slot on BBC ONE in summer 2005.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The BBC occupies the broadcasting slot which The Guardian occupies in print.’
    • ‘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 five shortlisted stories will be broadcast in a late-night slot when readers are judged to be broader-minded than in the afternoon.’
    • ‘Once 15 separate companies offered unique programmes and bartered for airtime and slots.’
    • ‘Rather than being relegated to Saturday morning kiddie fare, anime often holds a prime time slot on Japanese television and is programmed for adults.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Unfortunately, when it is televised, often it is broadcast during inconvenient time slots.’
    • ‘The new series will be filmed in London and is due to go out in a lunchtime slot on BBC ONE.’
    • ‘Additionally, ITV would be allowed to move the Monday to Thursday bulletin to a later slot on 52 times a year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it's just a format, the way a magazine or a slot of television time is a format.’
    spot, time, period
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verbslots, slotting, slotted

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Place (something) into a long, narrow aperture.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shoppers and commuters in Newbridge could well be slotting their euros in the parking metres as soon as October, according to county council officials.’
    • ‘This is what a new £7.4million extension to Bradford Royal Infirmary will look like when the prefabricated sections are slotted together.’
    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.’
      • ‘It's hard to imagine simply slotting back into Claridges as if nothing had happened.’
      • ‘Up went maroon-clad arms appealing for offside but the flag stayed down and de Boer had little difficulty slotting past the exposed Niemi.’
      • ‘Hakkinen, who started from third position, quickly slotted behind Schumacher, both avoiding the pile-up drama going on behind them.’
      • ‘Japan retrieved a draw out of this though, largely thanks to the boot of the big defender inadvertently slotting beyond his own keeper.’
      • ‘Three of the ladies arrived late but were allowed to parade, slotted between the procession of kings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Usually, they run around furiously like electrons in a super accelerator, bouncing wide, converging inside, slotting back towards the middle of the park.’

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

/slɑt//slät/

Main definitions of slot in US English:

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slot2

nounPlural slots

usually slots
  • The track of a deer, visible as slotted footprints 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

/slɑt//slät/

Main definitions of slot in US English:

: slot1slot2Slot3

Slot3

proper noun

the Slot
  • Name given in World War II by US forces to New Georgia Sound, in the central Solomon Islands. Japanese forces trying to defend Guadalcanal were seen as coming consistently down this passage from the northwest.

Pronunciation

Slot

/slɑt//slät/