A slot is a specific time or place for an airplane to take off or land, as authorized by an air-traffic control authority. It is also a position in an organization or hierarchy, as in “He has the slot for the chief copy editor.”
A specific location on an aircraft where the wing attaches to the fuselage. Slots can be configured to provide various aerodynamic functions, such as lift or drag, and may be used in combination with flaps and other devices. They are usually located on the outermost edge of the wing and are positioned so that they are aligned with the primary flow of air over the surface.
Pay table – This is the breakdown of all symbols within a particular slot game, alongside how much you can win for landing 3, 4, or 5 matching symbols on a single pay line. A pay table is typically found by clicking an icon close to the bottom of the slot, or is a separate page/slide that can be cycled through or scrolled.
It never ceases to amaze us that many players plunge right into playing an online slot without even glancing at the pay table. This information is essential to understanding how a slot works, and how the odds of winning are calculated. Without it, you could be cheering on the symbols that aren’t going to appear, when in reality they were just so close. It’s important to remember that slot games are, from a mathematical point of view, ‘negative expectancy’ games. That means that your reward for hitting a certain symbol is always smaller than the risk you take to hit it.