slot

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English[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /slɒt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒt

Etymology 1[edit]

Middle Low German slot or Middle Dutch slot, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *slutą. Cognate with German Schloss (door-bolt), Dutch slot.

The verb is probably from Middle Dutch sluten (to close, to lock) (Modern Dutch sluiten (to close)).

Noun[edit]

slot (plural slots)

  1. A broad, flat, wooden bar, a slat, especially as used to secure a door, window, etc.
  2. A metal bolt or wooden bar, especially as a crosspiece.
  3. (Scotland, Northern England) An implement for barring, bolting, locking or securing a door, box, gate, lid, window or the like.
  4. (electrical) A channel opening in the stator or rotor of a rotating machine for ventilation and insertion of windings.
  5. (slang, surfing) The barrel or tube of a wave.
  6. (American football) The area between the last offensive lineman on either side of the center and the wide receiver on that side.
    • 2020 April 24, Ken Belson and Ben Shpigel, “Full Round 1 2020 N.F.L. Picks and Analysis”, in New York Time[1]:
      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.
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slot (third-person singular simple present slots, present participle slotting, simple past and past participle slotted)

  1. (obsolete, Scotland, Northern England) To bar, bolt or lock a door or window.
  2. (obsolete, transitive, UK, dialectal) To shut with violence; to slam.
    to slot a door

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French esclot, likely from Old Norse slóð (track). Compare sleuth.

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slot (plural slots)

  1. A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; especially, one for the reception of a piece fitting or sliding in it.
  2. A period of time within a schedule or sequence.
    I've booked your haircut for the 2 p.m. slot.
  3. (aviation) The allocated time for an aircraft's departure or arrival at an airport's runway.
  4. (field hockey or ice hockey) A rectangular area directly in front of the net and extending toward the blue line.
  5. (aviation) In a flying display, the fourth position; after the leader and two wingmen.
  6. (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.
  7. (informal) A slot machine designed for gambling.
    I walked past the poker tables and went straight to the slots.
  8. (slang) The vagina.
    • 2006, Reed, Shelby; Hayes, Madison, 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, Waleman, Rod, 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.
  9. The track of an animal, especially a deer; spoor.
    • 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion song 13 p. 216[2]:
      The Huntsman by his slot, or breaking earth, perceaves
    • 1801, Southey, Robert, Thalaba the Destroyer:
      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, Scott, Walter, 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, Tolkien, J.R.R., 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.
  10. (Antarctica) A crack or fissure in a glacier or snowfield; a chasm; a crevasse.
    • 1963, Béchervaise, John Mayston, 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, Venables, Stephen, 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.
  11. (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.
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Verb[edit]

slot (third-person singular simple present slots, present participle slotting, simple past and past participle slotted)

  1. To put something (such as a coin) into a slot (narrow aperture)
  2. To assign something or someone into a slot (gap in a schedule or sequence)
  3. To put something where it belongs.
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC[3]:
      And Stamford Bridge erupted with joy as Florent Malouda slotted in a cross from Drogba, who had stayed just onside.
  4. (slang, Rhodesia, in the context of the Rhodesian Bush War) 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."
  5. (Antarctica) To fall, or cause to fall, into a crevasse.
    • 1967 June, “Australians' Autumn Journeys Have Perilous Moments”, in Antarctic[4], 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, Edwards, Hazel, 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.
  6. (Australian rules football, rugby, informal) To kick the ball between the posts for a goal; to score a goal by doing this.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German slot (bolt, lock, castle), from Proto-Germanic *slutą, related to the verb *sleutaną (to lock); cognate with German Schloss (lock, castle).

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slot n (singular definite slottet, plural indefinite slotte)

  1. castle, palace, manor house

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch slot, from Old Dutch *slot, from Proto-Germanic *slutą, related to the verb *sleutaną (to lock).

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slot n (plural sloten, diminutive slotje n)

  1. lock (something used for fastening)
  2. castle
  3. end, conclusion, final

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  • Afrikaans: slot
  • Indonesian: selot
  • Papiamentu: slòt, slot

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