A slot is a position within a construction in which one or more morphemes can be fit. The morphemes can be words, phrases, or parts of a word:

A slot in the context of computer software is the portion of an operating system’s memory that a process runs in. In other contexts, a slot may refer to an expansion port (for example, ISA or PCI), a physical opening in a motherboard that supports such add-in cards, or a memory module.

When a player hits a winning combination of symbols on a slot machine, they receive a payout. The size of the payout depends on the game’s paylines and betting limits. Players should always read the game’s rules before playing to ensure they understand what they are getting into.

It is important to note that slots are purely random, meaning winning is almost always 100% luck. While players can control what they wager, it is crucial to accept that the outcome of a slot is unpredictable and to focus on what they can control: their wagering limits and bonus features.

In a slot, the operation issue and data path machinery are shared by multiple execution units. This is common in very long instruction word (VLIW) computers. A VLIW processor uses a slot to map the number of operations in an instruction to a specific pipeline stage. The operation is then executed in that stage. In a dynamically scheduled computer, this is called an execute pipe.