What is a Slot?


A slit or other narrow opening, especially one for receiving something, such as a coin or letter. (From Middle Low German slot, from Middle High German schat, from Old French schat, from Late Latin scat, from Proto-German *schatta, from Proto-Germanic *schatta, from Latin scattu)

In computer science, a slot is an operation issue and data path machinery surrounding a set of one or more execution units. The term is common for dynamically scheduled machines, but it is also used to denote a specific operation in very long instruction word (VLIW) computers.

In a casino, a woman pumping coins into six adjacent slots could find herself in the same predicament as a customer dropping coins into machine number two while number one paid off the jackpot. This is not just a matter of luck; some players are simply attracted to the game for its arousal and distraction from everyday life. Other players, however, may have more practical reasons for playing. Slots are also a good way to earn loyalty rewards, which can be a lucrative alternative to traditional gambling. But as with any other game, it is important to adhere to a few basic rules in order to increase your chances of winning.