In the context of an airplane, a slot refers to the time when a plane is allowed to take off. In a crowded airport, passengers may wait for hours before the slot is available, and they often have to contend with long lines at the check-in desk, security checks, and other delays.

Slot is a game in which symbols are randomly arranged on a reel to form a winning combination, usually awarding credits according to the paytable displayed on the machine. The player places cash or, in ticket-in, ticket-out machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into the slot and activates it by pressing a button or lever (either physical or virtual on a touchscreen). The reels then spin, stopping at random positions to reveal the winning combinations and awards. Depending on the theme of the slot, the symbols and bonus features can vary.

The high slot in hockey is the prime area for a defenseman to shoot a puck, giving them a direct view of the net and allowing them to make lightning-fast shots. It’s also the prime location for wingers and centers to launch a one-timer that can slip by the goalie without deflection. This type of shot is known as a “slot.” For employees in project-based work, using time slots can help organize urgent deadlines and other tasks to support teamwork. This approach can also be useful in organizing meetings with clients and stakeholders. For example, a healthcare provider may use time slots to schedule consultations, evaluation reviews and presentations with staff.