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Does "slot" here mean "position"? Or "assignment"?

Massachusetts’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment portal crashed on Thursday, as hundreds of thousands of residents became newly eligible to reserve the already highly coveted slots. Across the commonwealth, frustrated residents reacted with a question: Why didn’t the state anticipate and prevent this?

Source: Harvard News

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    It's the second definition here - a time slot for getting vaccinated. Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 14:33

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A slot is a long thin hole which you fit things into. So we have slot machines where you put money into the slot to play the game or buy the product. In the case you mention it is used to refer to time slots, intervals of time sufficient to put something into. Neither of your suggestions, position or assignment, is quite right here.

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