A position in a group, series, or sequence; a spot or place. Also, an allowance or permission granted by an airport or air-traffic control authority for an aircraft to take off or land.

A slot is a mechanical or electronic device in which a player puts cash or, in the case of ticket-in/ticket-out machines, a paper ticket with a barcode, to activate it and spin the reels. The symbols on the reels then stop at different placements, and if they match a winning combination on the payline, the player earns credits based on the paytable. Many slot machines have a theme, and the symbols and bonus features are aligned with that theme.

Using a random number generator, a computer determines the location of each symbol on each reel. The reels are then spun and stopped by a mechanism to rearrange the symbols in a random order. If the random number sequence matches a winning combination on the payline, then the computer stops the reels at those locations to give the player their payout.

In football, a slot cornerback is a small defensive back who can cover a wide area and run shorter routes on the route tree, such as slants or quick outs. These players are becoming increasingly important as teams rely more on deep passing and short, quick routes to beat man coverage. However, not all slot corners are created equal. Some are better suited to man coverage than others, which is why it’s so important for coaches to identify and develop the best slot corners in their team.