autopilot

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noun au·to·pi·lot \ˈȯ-tō-ˌpī-lət\

Definition of autopilot

  1. 1 :  a device for automatically steering ships, aircraft, and spacecraft; also :  the automatic control provided by such a device

  2. 2 :  automatic pilot 2

Examples of autopilot in a sentence

  1. an airplane equipped with an autopilot

  2. The plane was flying on autopilot.

1916

First Known Use of autopilot

1916


AUTOPILOT Defined for English Language Learners

autopilot

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noun au·to·pi·lot \ˈȯ-tō-ˌpī-lət\

Definition of autopilot for English Language Learners

  • : a device that steers a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft in place of a person


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