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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?"

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. Carsten Spohr:

    The pilot has passed all his tests, all his medical exams. We have at Lufthansa the reporting system where crew can report,,without being punished, their own problems, or they can report about problems of others without any kind of punishment, that hasn't been used either in this case. All the safety nets we are so proud of have not worked in this case.

  2. Federal Aviation Association:

    A single-engine Piper PA-24 crashed in a residential area in New Hudson, Mich., about 4 p.m. local time today. Contact local authorities for information on the condition and identity of the pilot and any passengers. There is no report of injuries on the ground, the FAA will release the aircraft tail number when The FAA is verified at the accident scene. The Federal Aviation Association and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.

  3. Nigel Williams:

    When images of what appeared to be an aircraft wheel came through, you can imagine our surprise. It was only when experts investigated the images in more detail that we learnt there was a strong possibility it could be a British aircraft that served during World War Two, sadly, it appears the pilot and the crew of this particular aircraft were never able to complete their mission.

  4. Buzz Aldrin:

    Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. For the 50th anniversary of the landing, Omega issued a limited edition Speedmaster watch, a tribute to the one that Buzz Aldrin wore to the moon. ( Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP) I prefaced desolate with magnificent, because of humanitys reaching outward and accomplishing something that people thought was impossible, Buzz Aldrin said. They dreamed of somehow reaching the moon. And to demonstrate, to be a part of demonstrating this miracle was magnificent. On July 16, 1969, Buzz Aldrin, along with mission commander Neil Armstrong and command module pilot Michael Collins, launched from Kennedy Space Center atop a Saturn V rocket. Four days later, Neil Armstrong made history when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. Aldrinexited thelunar module 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong. The famed astronaut joked about being second during his interview. APOLLO 11 INSIDERS REMEMBER HISTORYS MOST FAMOUS SPACE MISSION : WE HAD A JOB TO DO AND WE DID IT I will forever, no matter what I do, be known as the second man on the moon, he quipped. In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. ( Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP) Why does it bother you to be a second man to walk on the moon ? Youre one of a dozen men who had that incredible role, Cavuto asked in a follow-up question. Well, people love being vice president, dont they ? No, Buzz Aldrin responded with a chuckle. APOLLO 11S EPIC MISSION TO THE MOON IN PICTURES Does it bother me ? Yeah, it does a little bit, Buzz Aldrin continued. Why ? Because that isnt the way I would have described what this country did with two human beings landing on the moon and then deciding who was going to go out. We did things together as a team. The famous astronaut also recalls his famous steps across the surface of the moon and how he was well aware that the world was watching. Right near the end of our period out there Buzz Aldrin was doing something with the rock boxes -- I knew where the TV camera was, and I jumped up and down and pranced around to demonstrate the mobility that a person has, he said. So I was demonstrating for the people watching on TVintentionally showing them the varieties of kangaroo hop of turning. APOLLO 11 INSIDERS REMEMBER HISTORYS MOST FAMOUS SPACE MISSION : WE HAD A JOB TO DO AND WE DID IT During his sit-down with Cavuto, Buzz Aldrin also recollected the experience of looking back at Earth while on the surface of the Moon. [ You ] look up there, theres the earth. It looks small when its up there. If you look close, you may be able to see the ice over a pole, he said. If you look at your Omega watch, you may be able to tell what time it is in Houston. Buzz Aldrin also talked about the political significance of their mission to the moon, coming as it did duringthe space race with Russia atthe height of the Cold War. APOLLO 11 : THE BOOK THAT LANDED MAN ON THE MOON COULD SELL FOR $ 9 MILLION I do a lot of thinking today -- about somebody who had -- the guts to see that we were being outshone -- outshined in the Cold War by the Soviet Union, and to say, What can we do ?

  5. Peter Coker:

    This is built around safety from the start, reliability is the most important element of it. We have safety built into the actual structure itself. Very similar to a Formula One racing car, and finally what we actually have is a new ballistic parachute that is the basis of recognizing the way that we can be as safe as we possibly can. It opens at very low altitude and actually saves both the aircraft and the pilot in an emergency.

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