Definitions for PILOTˈpaɪ lət
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person qualified to operate an airplane, balloon, or other aircraft.
a person qualified to steer ships into or out of a harbor or through certain difficult waters.
a person who steers a ship.
a guide or leader.
Ref: pilot light (def. 1). 1
a guide for positioning two adjacent machine parts, often consisting of a projection on one part fitting into a recess in the other.
a filmed or taped television program serving to introduce a possible new series.
a preliminary or experimental trial or test.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(v.t.)to act as pilot on, in, or over.
to lead or guide, as through unknown places or intricate affairs.
(adj.)serving as a guide.
serving as an experimental or trial undertaking prior to full-scale operation or use:
a pilot project.
Origin of pilot:
1520–30; earlier pylotte < MF pillotte < It pilota, dissimilated var. of pedota < MGk *pēdṓtēs steersman = Gk pēd(á) rudder (pl. of pēdón oar) +-ōtēs agent suffix
pilot, airplane pilot(noun)
someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
pilot program, pilot film, pilot(noun)
a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
original, archetype, pilot(noun)
something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
"this painting is a copy of the original"
pilot burner, pilot light, pilot(noun)
small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
fender, buffer, cowcatcher, pilot(verb)
an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
fly, aviate, pilot(verb)
operate an airplane
"The pilot flew to Cuba"
act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
"Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip?"; "Who was navigating the ship during the accident?"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sb who flies a plane
The pilot announced we were landing.
the first show of a TV series shown to decide if the audience likes it
The pilot was unsuccessful.
to try a new idea to find out if users like it
The school is piloting its new web-based program.
to fly a plane
The man piloting the plane had a heart attack.
A person who steers a ship, a helmsman.
A person who knows well the depths and currents of a harbor or coastal area, who is hired by a vessel to help navigate the harbor or coast.
A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.
A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
A sample episode of a proposed TV series
A pilot light.
To control (an aircraft or watercraft).
To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.
To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc.)
Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
Used to control or activate another device.
Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")
Origin: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .
one employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman
specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees
figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course
an instrument for detecting the compass error
the cowcatcher of a locomotive
to direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous
figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A rough overlay to a map made by the pilot of a photographic reconnaissance aircraft during or immediately after a sortie. It shows the location, direction, number, and order of photographic runs made, together with the camera(s) used on each run.
Translations for PILOT
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who flies an aeroplane
The pilot and crew were all killed in the air crash.
- pilotoPortuguese (BR)
- der/die Pilot(in)German
- טַייָס, טַייֶסֶתHebrew
- विमान चालकHindi
- 비행기 조종사Korean
- lakūnas, pilotasLithuanian
- pilots; lidotājsLatvian
- pilot, flygerNorwegian
- ماڼو، بيړۍ وزان، جاله وان، پيلوټ، دالوتكې چلوونكى، جازوان، لارښوونكى، لارښودPashto
- 飛機駕駛員Chinese (Trad.)
- пілот; льотчикUkrainian
- جہاز چلانے والا، ہوا بازUrdu
- phi côngVietnamese
- 飞机驾驶员Chinese (Simp.)
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