slot slot [slɒt ǁ slɑːt] noun [countable]
1. a short period of time allowed for one particular event in a series of other similar events:

• At one time, the airline held 38% of the available take-off and landing slots at Heathrow Airport.

• There's a repeat of the daytime show in the late-night slot.

2. JOBS a particular job in an organization:

• The board elected a new director to fill one of the slots.

• 4,000 slots, mostly white-collar, could be eliminated from the company's Missouri plant alone.

— see also expansion slot

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slot UK US /slɒt/ noun [C]
(also time slot) an amount of time that is allowed for a single event in a planned order of activities or events: »

I think I have a slot open in my diary.

1-hour/90 minute/4-hour, etc. slot »

What can we test in the 90-minute time slot?

the 9pm/Saturday night/morning, etc. slot »

The show competes with 'Bob the Builder' in the morning slot.

delivery/viewing/landing slot »

Airlines are competing for landing slots at Gatwick airport.

a job in a company or organization: »

Five of the fifteen slots on the charity's board are open this year.


Johnson moved to the top slot last month.


a training/teaching/management slot

the CEO/Vice President/Director slot »

She left the CEO slot in 2009.

a position in a list of ranks: »

Within a few years we expect to compete with the big Wall Street firms for the top slot in the industry.

the number 1/2/3, etc. slot »

They fought their way to the number 1 slot in the nation.


a top 10/50/100 slot

IT a small, narrow opening for something to be put in: »

the memory card slot in your computer

in/into a slot »

You can insert a smart card into a slot on the keyboard to verify digital signatures.

See also EXPANSION SLOT(Cf. ↑expansion slot)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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