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slot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slot assign a time slot "slot a television program"
    • n slot a small slit (as for inserting a coin or depositing mail) "he put a quarter in the slot"
    • n slot a slot machine that is used for gambling "they spend hours and hours just playing the slots"
    • n slot (computer) a socket in a microcomputer that will accept a plug-in circuit board "the PC had three slots for additional memory"
    • n slot a position in a grammatical linguistic construction in which a variety of alternative units are interchangeable "he developed a version of slot grammar"
    • n slot the trail of an animal (especially a deer) "he followed the deer's slot over the soft turf to the edge of the trees"
    • n slot a position in a hierarchy or organization "Bob Dylan occupied the top slot for several weeks","she beat some tough competition for the number one slot"
    • n slot a time assigned on a schedule or agenda "the TV program has a new time slot","an aircraft landing slot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1960 there were 16,067 gambling slots in Nevada. By 1999, this number rose to 205,726 slots which would be one slot for every 10 people residing there
    • Slot A bolt or bar for fastening a door.
    • Slot A broad, flat, wooden bar; a slat or sloat.
    • Slot A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; esp., one for the reception of a piece fitting or sliding in it.
    • n Slot The track of a deer; hence, a track of any kind. "As a bloodhound follows the slot of a hurt deer."
    • v. t Slot To shut with violence; to slam; as, to slot a door.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Liberty Bell was the first mechanical slot machine, which was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic in 1895.
    • n slot The fastening of a door; a bar; a bolt.
    • n slot A piece of timber which connects or holds together larger pieces; a slat.
    • n slot A small piece.
    • n slot A castle; a fort.
    • n slot A hollow. A hollow in a hill or between two ridges.
    • n slot In machinery, an elongated narrow depression or perforation; a rectangular recess or depression cut partially into the thickness of any piece, for the reception of another piece of similar form, as a key-seat in the eye of a wheel or pulley; an oblong hole or aperture formed throughout the entire thickness of a piece of metal, as for the reception of an adjusting-bolt. See cut under sheep-shears.
    • n slot In a cable street-railroad, a narrow continuous opening between the rails, through which the grip on the car passes to connect with the traveling cable.
    • n slot A trapdoor in the stage of a theater.
    • n slot A hollow tuck in a cap, or other part of the dress.
    • n slot A hem or casing prepared for receiving a string, as at the mouth of a bag.
    • slot To slit; cut; gash.
    • slot To provide with a slot or groove; hollow out.
    • slot In coal-mining, same as hole, 3 .
    • n slot The track of a deer, as followed by the scent or by the mark of the foot; any such track, trace, or trail.
    • slot To track by the slot, as deer. Compare slothound.
    • slot To shut with violence; slam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A British term for slot machine is "fruit machine" or "one-armed bandit."
    • n Slot slot a bar or bolt: a broad, flat, wooden bar which holds together larger pieces.
    • n Slot slot a hollow, narrow depression, to receive some corresponding part in a mechanism: a ditch, the continuous opening between the rails in a cable tramway along which the shank of the grip moves
    • n Slot slot the track of a deer.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LG. & D. slot, a lock, from a verb meaning to close., to shut, D. sluiten,; akin to G. schliessen, OHG. sliozan, OFries. slta, and probably to L. claudere,. Cf. Close Sluice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. slóth, track, path; Scot. sleuth, track by the scent.

Usage

In literature:

This slot was placed directly in front of the spot in the city wall where the Quabos were about to emerge.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
He inserted it into the slot of another mechanism and switched on a standard G.C.
"Invasion" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
McCloud had moved in from the slot machine and stood at the point of the table, looking at Du Sang and laughing at him.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
The Philco slotted retainer consists of a thin sheet of slotted hard rubber as shown in Fig.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The slotted ceiling opened as McGuire watched, and the whole structure swung slowly around.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Apply cement or lacquer liberally to the inside of the V slot, and to the hook shank.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg
An attendant waved it on into a vacant slot.
"Novice" by James H. Schmitz
Billy slipped his nickel in the slot and took up the receiver.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
I will open the emergency slot in the lower hull.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
A slot must be cut in the pedestal wide enough to allow the cords to swing freely.
"Primary Handwork" by Ella Victoria Dobbs
I glanced at the token in the slot.
""To Invade New York...."" by Irwin Lewis
Put a penny in the slot, and ... 'ullo!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
As the weapons slid back into the wall slots, Hunter leaped for the door, and passed quickly through it.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
Every little while we pass narrow alleys, mere slots in the mass of marble architecture, which dive down into darkness and mystery.
"Aliens" by William McFee
Allison held the right hand slot and said nothing.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
We can cut a slot to shove food in.
"Accidental Flight" by Floyd L. Wallace
Two cards had been deposited in a tray from a slot in the wall.
"Earthsmith" by Milton Lesser
In a rapid dash around the pile block, he inserted the rods at spaced intervals in their slots.
"Spillthrough" by Daniel F. Galouye
She returned his stare, drawing her arms up out of the slots and leaning on her elbows, frowning in puzzlement.
"Fly By Night" by Arthur Dekker Savage
Protruding from a slot in the wall, and clearly connected with the mechanism, was a short lever.
"The Sphere of Sleep" by Chester S. Geier
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In poetry:

His crest was amber glittered with blue,
And opaque so the sun came shining through.
It seemed a crown with fiery points.
When he quivered all down his scaly joints,
From every slot
The sparkles shot.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
Are just a case of "penny in the slot."
You should reflect that no evasive bird
Is half so shy as is your fittest word;
And even similes, however wrought,
Like hares, before you cook them, must be caught;--
"The Friend Of Humanity And The Rhymer" by Henry Austin Dobson
The merciless sun had found the slot now
To hide in, and lit for the wick of that stone lamp-bowl a sky
almost, I thought, abominably beautiful;
While our lost artist we used to admire: for now I knew him:
spoke of his passion.
"An Artist" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

On February 14, English language learning apps featuring Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes took the top slots on Japan's App Store in the education segment.
Is it safe for a person with a pacemaker to play the slot machines at a casino.
She won $771,170 on one of the newly installed Godzilla slot machines.
In previous ads, the Democratic group targeted Paton 's work with the payday loan industry, but in this 30-second TV slot, the House Majority PAC teamed up with Emily's List (also known as Women Vote.
1 slot on the country singles chart right now for the 14th time.
I used to hate hanging objects, like power strips, that have hidden T-slots on the back.
Less than three months after Larry King left his talk show at CNN, he returned to the scene of the crime -- or rather, time slot -- to spar with his "successor" Piers Morgan.
This kit, and a similar kit for the original Batmobile, are slot-car kits reminiscent of the 1960s.
County Votes 5-2 To Send Letter Opposing Slots.
Tourism Commission Renews Opposition To Slots In Md.
Lawmakers have resisted putting slots in the Meadowlands racetrack, seen above in a 2010 photo.
Thom Hartmann's new time slot on WDTW/1310 AM.
Slot machines inside Maryland Live.
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Slot Car Racing.
For most of the last eight years, Donald Driver has been the Packers' slot receiver.
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In science:

One of the pixel devices in the telescope could be positioned in slots at various angles with respect to the beam direction.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
After passing through all rows it is collected in a slot at the bottom.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
The reason that a separate pattern is needed—with a corresponding slot in the ‘vehicle’ pattern—is that there is more than one kind of engine.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
The central sheet slotted into grooves machined in the bars.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
This algorithm requires 16 steps to input the data values and compute the local sums, plus 2 log √n = log n slots for computing the final result. A total of 16 + log n slots.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
The deterministic algorithm is based on a direct simulation of the AKS network, and it is the first that require s only g log g) slots.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Now, assume that the algorithm stops after t < log n slots.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Let P(a0 ) be the set of processors i such that processor i does not shoot on a0 in the first T slots.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Clearly, during slots 1 and 2, multiple conflicts on the coupl ers should be expected, and many of the communications may not complete.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Packet pi in group a (represented by an edge from a ∈ S to D(p(i)) ∈ D) has a conflict during slot 1 if and only if there is another edge incident to a ∈ S with the same random color.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Speci fically, we will see that slots 1 and 2 of one step of the routing algorithm can be modeled by a set of martingales.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Let Gp′ = (S, D; E ′ ) be the conflict graph at step s, where p′ is the input permutation restricted to those packets that survive slot 1 in step s.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Also, let S1 a, a ∈ S, be the set of indices of the packets of group a that have survived slot 1.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
This value maximizes the expected number of conflict-less communications, and th us the number of packets that survive slot 1 and slot 2.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Under this assumption, we know that approximately ge−1 packets of each group will survive the first slot.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
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