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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SLOT

The plate burped and a slip dropped out of the slot below it.

For a moment she paused irresolute; then she dropped the coin in the slot.

Bill Joseph is the luckiest man that ever tapped a slot machine.

The blade lies in a slot and is held tight by the tapered ferrule.

He had therefore to be content with observation through the slot.

Some caps are now made with the buttonhole at the upper end of the slot.

In one side of this cap is a slot from the outside to the center, which permits the 2-in.

Hawkes took a coin from his pocket and dropped it in a slot at the side of the board.

“After you have dropped your penny in the slot,” remarked Mr. Archibald.

I reached the top of the duct and pushed against the slot cover.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "hollow at the base of the throat above the breastbone," from Old French esclot "hoofprint of a deer or horse," of uncertain origin, probably from Old Norse sloð "trail" (see sleuth). Original sense is rare or obsolete in Modern English; sense of "narrow opening into which something else can be fitted" is first recorded 1520s. Meaning "middle of the (semi-circular) copy desk at a newspaper," the spot occupied by the chief sub-editor, is recorded from 1917. The sense of "opening in a machine for a coin to be inserted" is from 1888 (slot machine first attested 1891). The sense of "position in a list" is first recorded 1942; verb sense of "designate, appoint" is from 1960s. Slot car first attested 1966.

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