What is a Slot?


The slot is a narrow opening in a surface. In ice and field hockey, the slot is the fourth position on the faceoff circle. The word is related to the verb’sleutana’ and is cognate with the German word’schloss’. In other contexts, it refers to a small area between two circled faces, for example a goalkeeper’s faceoff circle and the slot between the goalkeeper’s circle and the blue line.

The word’slot’ is a late 14c. French word, esclot, which has uncertain origins. It is also related to Old Norse slod, which means ‘hollow’. The word’slot’ became a verb in the 1520s, and its meaning shifted to’slot machine’ in 1888. Although the exact origin of the word remains a mystery, its current meaning refers to the hollow area at the base of a bird’s neck above the breastbone.

The Dialog Engine recognizes multiple words or phrases that map to a single slot value. For example, the entity value of New York can be mapped to the synonyms Big Apple and NYC. To assign synonyms to a slot value, select the Allow Synonyms checkbox next to the slot type value. Then, type a synonym in the appropriate field. To remove a synonym, simply click the X icon. If the slot does not map to an entity type, the mapping isn’t correct.

While a slot machine may have multiple paylines, it can still pay out a small amount to keep a player seated. This means that the machine may fail to pay a minimum payout after several pulls. The term tilt, which refers to any technical fault in a slot machine, comes from the tilt switches used on some electromechanical machines. In the past, these tilt switches would break a circuit if the machine was tilted, and trigger an alarm. Nowadays, these switches aren’t used, but any technical fault is still considered a tilt.