In gambling, a slot is a specific reel position that pays out a particular amount of money if it contains a winning combination of symbols. A slot can also contain a bonus feature that offers players extra chances to win. Many people try to find strategies for increasing their casino winnings by knowing when a slot is ready to pay, but this is difficult. Unless you are a professional gambler, there is no guarantee that your skills will help you increase your bankroll.

In ornithology, a narrow notch or opening in the primaries of certain birds, to which air is allowed to flow during flight, aiding in their stability.

A narrow notch or groove in something, such as a keyway in a piece of machinery or a slit for a coin in a vending machine. Also, a position in a group, series, or sequence. (Synonyms: slit, slitting, slot.)

An area on a football field assigned to a specific player (such as a wide receiver). A slot corner is usually tasked with covering the opposing team’s slot receiver, and is expected to be well-conditioned and possess athletic ability.

A small amount paid out by a slot machine to keep a player seated and betting. This is a form of incentive, but there are concerns that it leads to gambling addiction. Several studies have shown that players of video slot machines reach debilitating levels of involvement in gambling three times faster than those who play other forms of gaming, even if they have no history of gambling problems.