The word slot is derived from the noun sleutana (to cut or provide a slot), which is from 1747. The sense of “to drop” or “to take a position in” was added in 1888, but the meaning of “fitting something into” is older and no longer common. Its other usages include “slot,” “flying display,” and “slot in an airplane wing.”
In the VLIW world, a slot is the mechanism that fits any morpheme sequence. The word is also used to describe a job opening or assignment, such as the chief copy editor’s desk. In an airline industry context, the slot is an authorization issued by the air-traffic authority and authorized by an airport. It’s a very useful concept that has applications in aviation, as a lot of urban teenagers can be described as SLOTs.
The Dialog Engine has built-in support for multiple words or phrases for the same slot. For example, a given entity value of New York may have several synonyms like Big Apple or NYC. Those types of values can be mapped to a slot’s value with the Allow Synonyms checkbox. Then, you’ll need to specify a slot’s name and a location. You can map this information to any slot type you want, or to one or more entities.
Slot machines accept both cash and paper tickets with barcodes. Players activate the slot by pressing a button or lever. When they hit a winning combination, they receive credits, depending on the paytable. The symbols are varied, depending on the theme of the game, but the basic symbols include bells, fruits, and stylized lucky sevens. Typically, the pay table is on the machine face, but video slots have help menus where you can view it.