When a player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, paper tickets with barcodes, they activate reels that spin and stop to rearrange symbols. When a winning combination appears, the player earns credits according to the pay table. Pay tables vary from game to game, but many have a theme that ties in with the machine’s overall look and feel. Classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.
Slot can also refer to:
An assigned time and place for an aircraft to take off or land, as allocated by the airport or air traffic control authority: “Air traffic controllers pushed back the flight schedule to accommodate the new slots”
A position in a group, series, or sequence, as of jobs or positions: “I applied to four different newspapers, but was not given a slot”
A position on a football team or in a game, especially in ice hockey, that allows a player to get close to the opponent’s goal, often providing a good vantage point from which to score: “The goalie moved into the slot to block the shot”