A slot machine is a game of chance wherein the player spins the reels to win a prize. The machine can accept paper tickets or cash to play. The symbols on the reels change according to the theme and can appear in multiple combinations. The winning combinations are rewarded with credits based on the paytable. The symbols on a slot machine are varied, but the most common symbols are fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens. Many slot games have a specific theme, and the bonus features are also aligned with that theme.

The slot is a prime place for a defenseman to make a play. Some defenders will take blistering slap shots into the net, while a winger or center may put their stick out in front of the goalie to deflect the shot. A good one-timer from a high slot is considered one of the most impressive in hockey.

Similarly, an airline may be granted a slot by an airport or a network. These slots are used when parking space or runway throughput are at a premium. They are also highly valuable, with one sold for $75 million in 2016. An airline can also be granted a slot by EUROCONTROL as part of its flow and capacity management responsibilities.

Another name for a slot is expansion slot. A computer can add expansion cards in these slots to increase its capabilities. These cards can add additional capabilities or additional memory. Most new desktop computers have at least one expansion slot.