The word “slot” is a late 14c. noun, originally meaning “a hollow at the base of the throat above the breastbone.” The word is also related to Old Norse slod. The first recorded use is in the fifteenth century, and the meaning “a machine or a place for a slotted object” dates from the 1880s. The word “slot” also has a figurative sense: in hockey, the space between the face-off circles is called the slot.
The first electromechanical slot machine was developed by Bally in 1963. This electromechanical construction had been visible in the 1940s with the High Hand draw-poker machine. In 1963, the company released Money Honey, an automatic payout machine with a bottomless hopper and 500 coins. As popularity of the machine grew, so did the popularity of slot machines, and the side lever became vestigial. But the technology of slot machines continued to evolve.
While slots allow developers to define a pattern, they cannot enforce it with a single “normal” component. This is because props can be overly large and pass large sections of content. Therefore, the slots help to enforce the pattern by encompassing an outside part of the component’s content. Other HTML or components can then be placed inside the slot and define the pattern. If you are looking for a new way to leverage the power of Vue’s components, we encourage you to check out our slot library.
A slot is a small opening. In hockey, it’s a prime spot for a defender to take a shot. A defender’s slap shot is one of the most spectacular shots in hockey, and a winger or center may put his stick in front of the goalie’s face to redirect the shot. Some players even take 100mph slap shots! When this happens, the goalie must react lightning fast to the puck. A well-placed one-timer from the high slot is one of the most powerful shots in hockey.