slot machine


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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Photo: Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal Players experience random and unpredictable rewards, similar to the anticipation that keeps players at slot machines chasing winning combinations. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys," 21 Dec. 2018 The Crew 2 also doles out its drops much better than last year’s Need for Speed: Payback, with its in-game slot machine. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "The Crew 2 review: Where is everybody?," 10 July 2018 Maryland voters approved legalizing video slot machines at five locations a decade ago as a way to help its horse-racing industry. Washington Post, "Virginia lawmakers warm up to new betting machines," 26 Feb. 2018 Vegas denizens are so accustomed to the sound of slot machines, their brains register them as white noise. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 There was enough time to throw my bags down, snap a photo of the slot machine(!), and run back out the door. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "A good Airbnb host always learns from others. Here are 6 tips," 31 May 2018 The more detailed amendment language, however, is silent on sports wagering, mentioning table games and slot machines as being included, and specifically excluding bingo and horse racing from that section of the law. Rich Exner & Andrew J. Tobias,, "Sports wagering could be heading to Ohio after Supreme Court ruling," 14 May 2018 Local favorites will include Sega Sammy and Konami , which make pachinko and slot machines. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Japan Should Provide a Winning Bet for Casinos," 20 July 2018 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

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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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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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