What does pilot mean?

Definitions for pilot
ˈpaɪ lətpi·lot

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pilot, airplane pilot(noun)

    someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight

  2. pilot(noun)

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

  3. pilot program, pilot film, pilot(noun)

    a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors

  4. original, archetype, pilot(noun)

    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, pilot(noun)

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

  6. fender, buffer, cowcatcher, pilot(verb)

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

  7. fly, aviate, pilot(verb)

    operate an airplane

    "The pilot flew to Cuba"

  8. navigate, pilot(verb)

    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?"


  1. Pilot(n.)

    (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.

  2. Pilot(n.)


  3. Origin: [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.]


  1. pilot(Noun)

    A person who steers a ship, a helmsman.

  2. pilot(Noun)

    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.

  3. pilot(Noun)

    A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.

  4. pilot(Noun)

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

  5. pilot(Noun)

    A sample episode of a proposed TV series

  6. pilot(Noun)

    A cowcatcher.

  7. pilot(Noun)

    A pilot light.

  8. pilot(Verb)

    To control (an aircraft or watercraft).

  9. pilot(Verb)

    To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.

  10. pilot(Verb)

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

  11. pilot(Adjective)

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

  12. pilot(Adjective)

    Used to control or activate another device.

  13. pilot(Adjective)

    Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pilot(noun)

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

  2. Pilot(noun)

    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

  3. Pilot(noun)

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

  4. Pilot(noun)

    an instrument for detecting the compass error

  5. Pilot(noun)

    the cowcatcher of a locomotive

  6. Pilot(verb)

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

  7. Pilot(verb)

    figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties

  8. Origin: [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.]


  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.

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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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How to say pilot in sign language?

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  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. Dave Mackay:

    It's all dependent on the pilot.

  2. Brianna Jackson:

    Unfortunately, our pilot passed away.

  3. Moise Katumbi:

    Katanga was the pilot programme for Congo.

  4. Safwat Musallam:

    We fully trust the aircraft and the pilot.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    If God is your pilot, do not fear any turbulence.

Images & Illustrations of pilot

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