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Definition df-slot 16479
Description: Define the slot extractor for extensible structures. The class Slot 𝐴 is a function whose argument can be any set, although it is meaningful only if that set is a member of an extensible structure (such as a partially ordered set (df-poset 17548) or a group (df-grp 18038)).

Note that Slot 𝐴 is implemented as "evaluation at 𝐴". That is, (Slot 𝐴𝑆) is defined to be (𝑆𝐴), where 𝐴 will typically be a small nonzero natural number. Each extensible structure 𝑆 is a function defined on specific natural number "slots", and this function extracts the value at a particular slot.

The special "structure" ndx, defined as the identity function restricted to , can be used to extract the number 𝐴 from a slot, since (Slot 𝐴‘ndx) = 𝐴 (see ndxarg 16500). This is typically used to refer to the number of a slot when defining structures without having to expose the detail of what that number is (for instance, we use the expression (Base‘ndx) in theorems and proofs instead of its value 1).

The class Slot cannot be defined as (𝑥 ∈ V ↦ (𝑓 ∈ V ↦ (𝑓𝑥))) because each Slot 𝐴 is a function on the proper class V so is itself a proper class, and the values of functions are sets (fvex 6679). It is necessary to allow proper classes as values of Slot 𝐴 since for instance the class of all (base sets of) groups is proper. (Contributed by Mario Carneiro, 22-Sep-2015.)

Ref Expression
df-slot Slot 𝐴 = (𝑥 ∈ V ↦ (𝑥𝐴))
Distinct variable group:   𝑥,𝐴

Detailed syntax breakdown of Definition df-slot
StepHypRef Expression
1 cA . . 3 class 𝐴
21cslot 16474 . 2 class Slot 𝐴
3 vx . . 3 setvar 𝑥
4 cvv 3499 . . 3 class V
53cv 1529 . . . 4 class 𝑥
61, 5cfv 6351 . . 3 class (𝑥𝐴)
73, 4, 6cmpt 5142 . 2 class (𝑥 ∈ V ↦ (𝑥𝐴))
82, 7wceq 1530 1 wff Slot 𝐴 = (𝑥 ∈ V ↦ (𝑥𝐴))
Colors of variables: wff setvar class
This definition is referenced by:  sloteq  16480  slotfn  16493  strfvnd  16494  bj-evaleq  34245  bj-evalfun  34246  bj-evalfn  34247  bj-evalval  34248
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