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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Critics found them similar to slot machines, which are banned in this state. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho will vote this fall on legalizing horse-race gambling machines," 10 July 2018 Gaming options include over 1,000 slot machines and 19 table games. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What you need to know about the 10 San Diego-area casinos," 29 Apr. 2018 And one giant slot machine of rumor, speculation, innuendo, conjecture and overreaction. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Breaking down Suns buzz, speculation from NBA Summer League," 10 July 2018 New slot machines light up the floor of the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Kate King, WSJ, "Atlantic City Places a New Bet on an Old Favorite: Casinos," 25 June 2018 In the two years since Christopher has been running BrianChristopherSlots, he's produced more than 1,100 thousand vlogs of himself gambling, mostly on slot machines, and racked up 50,000,000 views and 80,000 subscribers. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Gambling Channels Are The Latest Victims Of YouTube's Arbitrary Moderation Process," 6 June 2018 Many tracks have reduced races but have remained financially solid because slot machines and table games are more profitable. Washington Post, "Stagnant horse racing betting court ruling helps the sport," 18 May 2018 But Penn National, which operates racinos and casinos under the Hollywood brand, seemed to acknowledge in a statement on Monday that slot machines would remain the biggest generator of money. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Sports betting is a big deal, but could amount to few new tax dollars for Ohio," 15 May 2018 In six years Live, meanwhile, has gone from having just slot machines and a 2 a.m. closing time to round-the-clock operations with slots and table games. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Maryland’s largest casino’s latest play to win the top spot: More nongambling amenities," 16 June 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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