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noun (1)

: a narrow opening or groove : slit, notch
a mail slot in a door
: a narrow passage or enclosure
: a passage through the wing of an airplane or of a missile that is located usually near the leading edge and formed between a main and an auxiliary airfoil for improving flow conditions over the wing so as to increase lift and delay stalling of the wing
: the area on a hockey rink in front of the crease and between the face-off circles
: a place or position in an organization, arrangement, or sequence : niche, spot
: slot machine sense 2
usually used in plural
: a gap between an end and a tackle in an offensive football line


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slotted; slotting

transitive verb

: to cut a slot in
: to place in or assign to a slot

intransitive verb

: to fit easily
her ideas slot neatly into the theory


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noun (2)

plural slot
: the track of an animal (such as a deer)

Examples of slot in a Sentence

Verb He slotted the piece of wood into the groove. Her ideas slot neatly into the theory.
Recent Examples on the Web
Related Articles The Sharks’ best chance to score in the first period might have come in the final minute, as an effective forecheck resulted in a shot from the slot for Kunin, whose shot rang off the post. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 The two goals Bobrovsky allowed: A Jake Guentzel wrist shot from the high slot with 4:26 left in the second period and a wrist shot from former Panthers prospect John Ludvig 6:07 into the third period. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 Season two of the series ranked as cable’s No. 2 scripted in its time slot among total viewers and 18-49. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 By Brett Knight, Forbes Staff Two decades ago, Las Vegas tried to buy a commercial slot during the 2003 Super Bowl to promote tourism to the city. Brett Knight, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 However, the 45-year-old musician has reportedly managed to extend his slot to 15 minutes, giving fans an extra two minutes of enjoyment and himself additional time to fill. TIME, 10 Feb. 2024 Many parts of the country do not have enough child care providers to offer slots for all children. Moriah Balingit, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 The continually increasing price and still selling out all time slots available indicate their high-risk, high-reward endeavor is well worth it. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 Lawmakers disagree about whether a sports betting bill should also regulate and tax the gas station slots. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024
Chisholm, a defenseman claimed off waivers from Winnipeg last month, will slot into the Wild blue line in a 4 p.m. puck drop against the Buffalo Sabres at Xcel Energy Center. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 16 Feb. 2024 Plus, from charcoal to white, the neutral shade range will easily slot into your existing bedding lineup. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Because of his age, he could be slotted as one of Inter Miami’s three Under 22 Initiative players, replacing fellow Argentine Facundo Farias, who is expected to miss the 2024 season after suffering a torn ACL during the team’s first preseason game at El Salvador. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Scooter drivers will drive up to a rack, open their seat, yank out the battery, slot a new one in, and drive on—a process that just takes six seconds. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 2 Feb. 2024 Burnes will slot atop the Orioles’ rotation, ahead of ace-himself Kyle Bradish, youngster Grayson Rodriguez, veteran John Means and one of the following: Dean Kremer, Tyler Wells or Cole Irvin. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 There was something mesmerizing about slotting the flat-sided blocks together that fell from above. Rachel Botsman, WIRED, 19 Jan. 2024 During a 1987 show at Fender’s Ballroom in Long Beach, Ca, Wells says No Doubt was slotted to play second on a bill with about 10 other bands. Stephanie Mendez, SPIN, 2 Feb. 2024 But instead of Barkov holding down his customary role as Florida’s top-line center, Panthers coach Paul Maurice slotted Barkov on the third line between wingers Evan Rodrigues and Mackie Samoskevich. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, the hollow at the base of the throat above the breastbone, from Anglo-French esclot hoofprint, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German slag blow, hoofprint; probably from its resemblance to a hoofprint — more at schlock

Noun (2)

Middle French esclot track

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1747, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slot was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Slot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a long narrow opening, groove, or passage : slit, notch


2 of 2 verb
slotted; slotting
: to cut a slot in

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