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See also: slöt
slot (plural slots)
- A broad, flat, wooden bar, a slat, especially as used to secure a door, window, etc.
- A metal bolt or wooden bar, especially as a crosspiece.
- (Scotland, Northern England) An implement for barring, bolting, locking or securing a door, box, gate, lid, window or the like.
wooden bar for fastening door
broad bolt or bar, crosspiece
- (obsolete, Scotland, Northern England) To bar, bolt or lock a door or window.
- (obsolete, transitive, UK, dialectal) To shut with violence; to slam.
- to slot a door
slot (plural slots)
- A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; especially, one for the reception of a piece fitting or sliding in it.
- A period of time within a schedule or sequence.
- I've booked your haircut for the 2 p.m. slot.
- (gambling, informal, especially in the plural) Clipping of , a game of chance played for money using a coin slot.
- I walked past the poker tables and went straight to the slots.
- The track of an animal, especially a deer; spoor.
- 1801, Robert Southey, “(please specify the page)”, in Thalaba the Destroyer, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: […] [F]or T[homas] N[orton] Longman and O[wen] Rees, […], by Biggs and Cottle, […], →OCLC:
- Oh joy! the signs of life! the Deer
Hath left his slot beside the way;
The little Ermine now is seen
White wanderer of the snow; […]
And hark! the rosy-breasted bird,
The Throstle of sweet song!
- 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
- One is from Hexamshire; he is wont to trace the Tynedale and Teviotdale thieves, as a bloodhound follows the slot of a hurt deer.
- 2007, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, page 212:
- But by then Niënor had passed away like a wraith; and neither sight nor slot of her could they find, though they hunted far northward and searched for many days.
- (Antarctica) A crack or fissure in a glacier or snowfield; a chasm; a crevasse.
- 1963, John Mayston Béchervaise, Blizzard and Fire, page 111:
- By this time of winter the edge of the ice is rafted up in confused floes, and often reveals slots and fissures quite large enough to hold a young husky prisoner.
- 1991, Stephen Venables, Island at the Edge of the World, page 161:
- Brian's crevasse shot also needed additional detail, so we found a small slot on a tiny glacier above the Cove.
- (slang) The vagina.
- (aviation) The allocated time for an aircraft's departure or arrival at an airport's runway.
- (computing) A space in memory or on disk etc. in which a particular type of object can be stored.
- The game offers four save slots.
- (aviation) In a flying display, the fourth position; after the leader and two wingmen.
- (slang, surfing) The barrel or tube of a wave.
- (field hockey or ice hockey) A rectangular area directly in front of the net and extending toward the blue line.
- (American football) The area between the last offensive lineman on either side of the center and the wide receiver on that side.
- (electrical) A channel opening in the stator or rotor of a rotating machine for ventilation and insertion of windings.
- 2020 April 24, Ken Belson, Ben Shpigel, “Full Round 1 2020 N.F.L. Picks and Analysis”, in New York Time:
- According to Pro Football Focus, Simmons, listed at 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, played at least 100 snaps at five positions — slot cornerback, edge rusher, linebacker and both safety spots — and finished with 16½ tackles for a loss, eight sacks, eight pass deflections and three interceptions.
- 2006, Shelby Reed, Madison Hayes, Love a Younger Man, page 165:
- She'd like him jammed into her slot, like him to crank into her and she didn't think ignition would be far off if he did.
- 2006, Rod Waleman, The Stepdaughters, page 20:
- Valerie sighed with pleasure as her husband skillfully found her slot and inserted the head of his straining prick inside, then bucked its thick-stemmed length all the way up her sex-channel.
- (journalism) The inside of the "rim" or semicircular copy desk, occupied by the supervisor of the copy editors.
- 1940, LIFE, volume 8, number 17, page 111:
- The slot is not a glamorous job. It hasn't been discovered by Shubert Alley or the fiction magazines. To the cub reporter, eager for by-lines and self-expression, the whole copy desk looks like a backwater.
narrow depression, perforation, or aperture
allocated time for an aircraft's departure or arrival
the track of an animal
- To put something (such as a coin) into a slot (narrow aperture)
- To assign something or someone into a slot (gap in a schedule or sequence)
- To create a slot (narrow aperture or groove), as for example by cutting or machining.
- To put something where it belongs.
- 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC:
- And Stamford Bridge erupted with joy as Florent Malouda slotted in a cross from Drogba, who had stayed just onside.
- (slang, Britain, Rhodesia, sometimes elsewhere in the Commonwealth) To kill.
- 1978 Spring, Collins Reynolds, editor, The Bridge, volume 3, number 1, Center for Research and Education, page 31:
- One young soldier told me he couldn't bear to shoot the wild game in Rhodesia, but he had no trouble "slotting" floppies. "The more I kill," he said, "the better I feel. They're ruining everything for us."
- 2012, Davy Thompson, Uniforms and Boats, page 59:
- Two males and a female from Northern Ireland had been identified, tracked and 'slotted'.
- 2013, Andy McNab, Bravo Two Zero: The 20th Anniversary Edition, page 184:
- They fired into the air on automatic and I thought, here we go, all I need is for one of these rounds to come down and slot me through the head.
- (Antarctica) To fall, or cause to fall, into a crevasse.
- 1967 June, “Australians' Autumn Journeys Have Perilous Moments”, in Antarctic, volume 4, number 10, New Zealand Antarctic Society, pages 503–504:
- The D-4s being heavy vehicles, were in difficulties with crevasses right from the start. At one stage Wood said cheerfully, "Let's give the game away after we get a D-4 slotted one more time", expecting just to get a track break through over a hole. The next minute his machine with him in it disappeared from sight — the tail and the tip of the blade caught and held a little way down the bottomless hole. Reiffel brought his D-4 around on the ice with the big machine picking its way between slots like a ballet dancer, and after a lot of work with ice axes, the slotted machine was hauled out.
- 2012, Hazel Edwards, Antarctica's Frozen Chosen:
- I'd have to avoid getting slotted, especially as I didn't know which danger it was, but I thought I could guess.
- (Australian rules football, rugby, informal) To kick the ball between the posts for a goal; to score a goal by doing this.
Declension of slot
- (lock): op slot
- (castle): jachtslot, lustslot, slotgracht, slottoren
- (end): tenslotte, ten slotte, slotpleidooi, slotrede, slotrit, slotsom
- Afrikaans: slot
- → Indonesian: selot
- → Papiamentu: slòt, slot
- → Sranan Tongo: sroto, slotto