A position in a group, series, or sequence. Also called slit. A narrow opening, especially one on an airplane wing that connects with the tail section or other control surface to provide lift and allow a smooth flow of air over the wings. The term is often shortened to simply slit, or slat. Also used to refer to a position on an ice hockey team that provides a vantage point from which to attack the opposition goal. (See also rim, wedge, and snipe.)
In a slot machine, a place for a coin or paper ticket to drop into the slot at the top of the machine and start the reels spinning. Traditionally, the center line across the reels was the win line; today, there are many paylines that can be activated on each spin.
A fixed amount paid out when the player has a winning combination of symbols on a pay line. This amount may be displayed on the machine’s screen, or in a separate informational screen. In some video slots, the pay table can be accessed by tapping on an icon or menu item on the screen.
On some video slots, a special feature round is initiated when the player lands certain combinations of symbols or activates specific features on the machine’s screen. These feature rounds can involve free spins, bonus games, mystery prize boxes, or even a chance to play a higher or lower game. These additional game modes can be very addictive, and psychological studies have shown that they cause people to reach a debilitating level of gambling addiction three times more rapidly than traditional casino games.