A slit or other narrow opening, especially one for receiving something, as a coin or a letter. Also called slot (slang) or gap. [Origin uncertain.] Also, a position or time in a series or sequence. (In computing, a relationship between an operation in a program and the pipeline that executes it.) Also, a position in a hierarchy or organization.
In football, a position that is generally smaller and faster than a wide receiver but larger and faster than a full back. Slot receivers are used in passing plays to complement the more speedy outside receivers, and they are crucial blockers for running plays such as sweeps or slants. They are often targeted on defenses because they are close to the line of scrimmage and thus more vulnerable to big hits.
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