A slot is the space where a linemen or wing-wideout lines up in football. It is also the position that the secondary wide receiver plays in baseball.
In computing, a slot is the operation issue and data path machinery surrounding a set of one or more execution units (also called a functional unit). This mechanism is most familiar to users of very long instruction word (VLIW) machines, where the relationship between an operation in an instruction and the pipeline to execute it is explicitly explicit. In dynamically scheduled computers, the concept is more commonly referred to as an execute pipeline.
Some casinos have a “must hit-by” amount that is shown below progressive jackpot slots. This is similar to how some other lotteries work and is designed to prevent the jackpot from going over a specific cap.
When a player inserts cash or, in ticket-in, ticket-out machines, a paper ticket with a barcode, into the machine’s slot, it activates reels that spin and stop to rearrange symbols. When the symbols match a winning combination, the player earns credits based on the paytable. Symbols vary depending on the theme of the game, but classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Some slots are themed around a particular type of location or character.