• To bar, bolt or lock a door or window.
  • To shut with violence; to slam.
  • To put something (such as a coin) into a slot (narrow aperture)
  • To assign something or someone into a slot (gap in a schedule or sequence)
  • To put something where it belongs.
  • To kill.
  • To fall, or cause to fall, into a crevasse.
  • To kick the ball between the posts for a goal; to score a goal by doing this.


  • Middle Low German slot or Middle Dutch slot, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *slutą. Cognate with German Schloss ("door-bolt"), Dutch slot.
  • The verb is probably from Middle Dutch sluten ("to close, to lock") (Modern Dutch sluiten ("to close")).
  • From Old French esclot, likely from Old Norse slóð ("track"). Compare sleuth.

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