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 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?"

GCIDE

  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.

    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. Pilot(n.)

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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. pilot(Noun)

    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. 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.

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

  3. pilot(Noun)

    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. pilot(Noun)

    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. pilot(Noun)

    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. pilot(Noun)

    A cowcatcher.

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

  7. pilot(Noun)

    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. pilot(Verb)

    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. pilot(Verb)

    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. pilot(Verb)

    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. pilot(Adjective)

    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. pilot(Adjective)

    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. pilot(Adjective)

    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. Pilot(noun)

    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. 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

    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. Pilot(noun)

    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. Pilot(noun)

    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. Pilot(noun)

    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. Pilot(verb)

    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. Pilot(verb)

    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. Paris Match:

    Metallic banging can also be heard more than three times, perhaps of the pilot trying to open the cockpit door with a heavy object. Towards the end, after a heavy shake, stronger than the others, the screaming intensifies. Then nothing.

  2. Passenger Kathy Farnan:

    The pilot was a veteran of the Navy, she was very good.

  3. Bob Forrester:

    Here you have a young man who volunteers to go to war to help preserve the United States and United States opportunities, at the same time, he thinks he’s going to be a pilot but has the bad luck of not being a pilot because of his blue eyes, or his color blindness. Which also happened to be one of the things that got him such good movie roles, aside from being a great actor, of course. But it was his experience out there that made him realize the difference between people was circumstance.

  4. Sridhar Warrier:

    They would be going to the battlefield but they were not in the driving seat, that means they were not in the cockpit. They would be the one who would be controlling the tactics, who would be controlling the weapons, who would be the eyes and ears for the aircraft and for the pilot, it's now that the glass ceiling has been broken in so far as getting into the naval cockpit is concerned.

  5. Angela Martin:

    When I auditioned ...my character wasdescribed to me as sort of the judge-y lady in the corner, and in the pilot episode our director, Ken Kwapis, asked me if I would pass out papers in the background because we were all each othersbackground.

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