slot machine

noun

Definition of slot machine 

1 : a machine whose operation is begun by dropping a coin into a slot
2 : an originally coin-operated gambling machine that pays off according to the matching of symbols on wheels spun by a handle also : an electronic version of this machine

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Suzie Hjertquist, of Schererville, was headed toward a slot machine as a staff member carrying a tray of cigars and cigarettes and some women dressed in Vegas style costumes walked by. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Ameristar opens 15,000-square-foot gaming room in East Chicago, becoming 1st NWI casino to operate on land," 24 May 2018 And, really, this isn’t a moral debate, because Connecticut settled that long ago and remains increasingly open to more gaming and more casino proposals, each one like turning up three cherries on a slot machine. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Proceed Carefully, But Connecticut Is Ready For Sports Betting," 14 May 2018 Tasmanian Labor leader vows to remove games from state’s pubs Gambling industry eager to deter nation-wide precedent Tasmanian resident Rebecca White wants to remove addictive slot machines from every pub in the Australian island-state. Bloomberg.com, "A War Against Slot Machines Is Brewing in Australia," 24 Jan. 2018 Like suffering this trauma makes me an expert able to spit out wisdom like quarters from a winning slot machine. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "Survivors of Sexual Assault Shouldn't *Have* to Speak Out," 3 Jan. 2018 The games often are designed to play like slot machines, with the video of a horse race reduced to a few seconds shown in a small window if the player chooses. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Horse racing regulators approve sale of Kentucky racetrack," 17 July 2018 Throughout the labyrinth of neon and slot machines, many of the delegates were buzzing over Stewart’s 11th-hour decision to run for lieutenant governor. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "With Stewart Out, Boughton Maneuvers As Republicans Prepare To Pick A Candidate," 12 May 2018 On a recent Wednesday afternoon, gamblers sat in front of glowing slot machines, their heads all tilted at the same angle, fingers pushing buttons. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "Pa.'s gambling expansion is high-stakes for towns such as Bensalem, host to Parx Casino," 2 Apr. 2018 The new high-limit room is accessed by a private entrance and includes 95 slot machines with new bases and chairs, 14 tables games, including 12 blackjack and two baccarat tables, two food stations and a full bar. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Ameristar opens 15,000-square-foot gaming room in East Chicago, becoming 1st NWI casino to operate on land," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of slot machine

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slot machine was in 1891

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slot machine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slot machine

: a machine used for gambling that starts when you put coins into it and pull a handle or press a button

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