automatic pilot


Definition of automatic pilot

2 : a state or condition in which activity or behavior is regulated automatically in a predetermined or instinctive manner doing his job on automatic pilot

Examples of automatic pilot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike automakers that describe their systems as super or some sort of automatic pilot, Toyota and Lexus have gone with a quieter name: Teammate. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 4 June 2021 Doebele said the pilot told passengers the flight’s automatic pilot function wasn’t working properly and hadn’t been working yesterday, either. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, 28 Nov. 2019 Almost as if on automatic pilot, Pike passed to Gilyard for seven yards to the Cincinnati 46. Bill Koch,, 11 Oct. 2019 That changed last month, when Mr. Powell perhaps inadvertently turned QT into a signaling mechanism by pointing out what was quite obvious, that QT had been working smoothly on automatic pilot. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2019 The craft operated on automatic pilot because commands transmitted from Earth take too long to reach Mars. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2018 During the war, Singer produced components for the Sperry T-1 bomb sight, B-29 bomber gunfire control computers, directional gyro and artificial horizon instruments, and automatic pilot parts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2018 After a while, on any tour, the crew is on automatic pilot. George Varga,, 17 Apr. 2018 Illustration: Adele Morgan Small and large airplanes, parts for airplanes and helicopters, automatic pilots for aeronautical or space navigation and flight data recorders are also targets. Liza Lin, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of automatic pilot

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2021

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“Automatic pilot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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