What Is a Slot?

A slot is a position on the field where a player can receive a ball. Slots can be occupied by a wide range of players, from the best receiver to the worst cornerback. The slot is usually the best position to be in because it allows the receiver to move laterally and gain yards on defenders. The slot is a good spot for quick guys and shifty players.

In slot machine play, the pay table is a set of rules that determines how many credits the player will earn if the symbols on a particular pay line match up. It is printed on a card, or displayed on the screen of a video slot. Traditionally, the pay table is located above or below the reels, but in some machines it is integrated with the reels and is visible as the symbols spin. The pay table is usually designed to reflect the machine’s theme, and bonus features and special symbols are often aligned with this theme.

The term “slot” also refers to a specialized type of table slot that holds data that repeats over a specific time period. This data can be either numeric or text. Unlike regular table slots, periodic slots can have numeric or text column headers, and they can be configured to interpolate or lookup. For example, a periodic slot containing the monthly evaporation coefficients for a reservoir can be configured to interpolate, and when a date is accessed that falls between rows of this data set, the system will automatically use the value from the most recent row.

Other types of slots include series slots and integer indexed slots. These slots can be viewed and edited using the Slot Viewer. The Slot Viewer shows each slot in its own Slot dialog and has a special icon in the column heading to indicate the type of slot it is. To dock a slot on the Slot Viewer, drag it to the viewer’s icon. Integer Indexed and Series slots also have additional configuration options available in the Slot dialog, and they display different values when viewed on a Compression Mode menu.