A thin opening or groove in something, often used for putting things in, such as a slot on an airplane’s wing or a door. The word is derived from Middle Low German, from Old Dutch “slot” (“slit”).
A slot in an aircraft is an air gap between the main body of the airplane and its tail section, for directing airflow through the wings and controlling the plane’s attitude. Airflow control is vital in the operation of a modern jet and the use of slots can save a large amount of fuel and delay by keeping the aircraft at a steady state.
The odds on a slot machine are simply the number of possible combinations multiplied by the number of reels. For example, a machine with ten symbols and three reels will have 64 winning combinations (four mangoes per spin multiplied by the number of stops on each reel). But there’s more to the story than that.
One of the most important tips for winning at slots is good bankroll management. If you’re pouring money into a slot and watching your bankroll dwindle with each spin, it’s time to stop playing. And remember, slots are 100% luck-based; there’s no rhyme or reason to the way they pay out – it’s all random.