slot machine


: a machine whose operation is begun by dropping a coin into a slot
: 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

Examples of slot machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bill on skill games — which look and operate much like video-style slot machines but are said to involve an element of skill — was among the most contentious of the session. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 At Caesars Atlantic City, whose ground floor has slot machines glowing as far as the eye can see, visitors can still smell the smoke from some non-smoking sections. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 Guests have returned, filling the blackjack and roulette tables amid the cacophony of jingling slot machines — the sound of money. Peter S. Goodman Bridget Bennett, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 These teams can make the scoreboard look like a slot machine. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2024 The player won $125,000 on a Dragon Link slot machine, then won $383,500 on the same type of machine and finished the streak with a $159,250 win. James Powel, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 On the tightest slot machine in Vegas, the chances of winning the top prize are about one in 34 million. Chris Morris, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2024 All the tracks need supplemental forms of gaming income, such as Historical Horse Racing in Kentucky (slot machines pretending to be games of skill), to survive. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 In addition to classic table games, there are more than 1,000 slot machines, including an exclusive High Limit Slot Lounge. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slot machine was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Slot machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

slot machine

: a machine whose operation is begun when a coin is dropped into a slot
: a coin-operated gambling machine that pays off for the matching of symbols on wheels spun by a handle

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