What does Pilot mean?

Definitions for Pilot
ˈpaɪ lətPi·lot

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Pilot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pilot, airplane pilotnoun

    someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight

  2. pilotnoun

    a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor

  3. pilot program, pilot film, pilotnoun

    a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors

  4. original, archetype, pilotnoun

    something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

    "this painting is a copy of the original"

  5. pilot burner, pilot light, pilotnoun

    small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner

  6. fender, buffer, cowcatcher, pilotverb

    an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

  7. fly, aviate, pilotverb

    operate an airplane

    "The pilot flew to Cuba"

  8. navigate, pilotverb

    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?"

GCIDE

  1. Pilotnoun

    (Television) a filmed or taped episode of a proposed television series, produced as an example of the series. It may be shown only to those television broadcast executives who may decide whether to buy the rights to the series, or aired to test viewer reaction or to interest sponsors. Also called pilot film or pilot tape.

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

  2. Pilotnoun

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    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

Wiktionary

  1. pilotnoun

    A person who steers a ship, a helmsman.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  2. pilotnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  3. pilotnoun

    A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  4. pilotnoun

    A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  5. pilotnoun

    A sample episode of a proposed TV series

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  6. pilotnoun

    A cowcatcher.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  7. pilotnoun

    A pilot light.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  8. pilotverb

    To control (an aircraft or watercraft).

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  9. pilotverb

    To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  10. pilotverb

    To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc.)

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  11. pilotadjective

    Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  12. pilotadjective

    Used to control or activate another device.

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

  13. pilotadjective

    Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")

    Etymology: From pilot, pillot, from piloto, from pillottus; perhaps ultimately from πηδόν , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pilotnoun

    one employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

  2. Pilotnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

  3. Pilotnoun

    figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

  4. Pilotnoun

    an instrument for detecting the compass error

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

  5. Pilotnoun

    the cowcatcher of a locomotive

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

  6. Pilotverb

    to direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

  7. Pilotverb

    figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties

    Etymology: [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

Freebase

  1. PILOT

    Programmed Instruction, Learning, Or Teaching is a simple historic programming language developed in the 1960s. Like its younger sibling LOGO, it was an early foray into the technology of computer assisted instruction.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pilot

    pī′lut, n. the steersman of a ship: one who conducts ships in and out of a harbour, along a dangerous coast, &c.: a guide.—v.t. to conduct as a pilot: to direct through dangerous places.—ns. Pī′lotage, the skill of a pilot: the act of piloting: the fee or wages of pilots; Pī′lot-boat, a boat used by pilots for meeting or leaving ships; Pī′lot-cloth, a coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats; Pī′lot-en′gine, a locomotive engine sent on before a train to clear its way, as a pilot; Pī′lot-fish, a fish of the mackerel family, so called from its having been supposed to guide sharks to their prey; Pī′lot-flag, the flag hoisted at the fore by a vessel needing a pilot; Pī′lot-house, an enclosed place on deck to shelter the steering-gear and the pilot—also Wheel-house; Pī′lot-jack′et, a pea-jacket worn by seamen; Pī′lot-whale, the caaing-whale (q.v.). [Fr. pilote—Dut. piloot, from peilen, to sound, loot (Ger. loth, Eng. lead), a sounding-lead.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. pilot

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pilot

    An experienced person charged with the ship's course near the coasts, into roads, rivers, &c., and through all intricate channels, in his own particular district.--Branch pilot. One who is duly authorized by the Trinity board to pilot ships of the largest draft.

Editors Contribution

  1. pilot

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge, skills, training and qualifications to fly an aircraft.

    The pilot was well trained and always flew safely.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  
  2. pilot

    To use data, information, facts, research, statistics, technology and proof to confirm the ability, priority and capacity to create a specific plan, project, program, scheme, standard, legislation or specific outcome.

    There are many pilot projects which are an intelligent idea to ensure they work efficiently and effectively and then are created on a regional or national level.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pilot' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3123

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pilot' in Nouns Frequency: #1066

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pilot in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pilot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Pilot in a Sentence

  1. Livia Eberlin:

    We’re going to start testing it in surgeries hopefully early next year. That will be a pilot study with our current clinical collaborators. Then we’ll likely have to expand to a larger clinical trial.

  2. Metastasio:

    We are like vessels tossed on the bosom of the deep; our passions are the winds that sweep us impetuously forward; each pleasure is a rock; the whole life is a wide ocean. Reason is the pilot to guide us, but often allows itself to be led astray by the storms of pride.

  3. Arshad Malik:

    The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem... It is a very tragic incident.

  4. Victoria Yeager:

    It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET. An incredible life well lived, America’s greatest Pilot, a legacy of strength, adventure, patriotism will be remembered forever.

  5. Hadi Hachem:

    For us, this group of people will be like a pilot project.

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