autopilot

noun au·to·pi·lot \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌpī-lət \
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of autopilot

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

Examples of autopilot in a Sentence

  1. an airplane equipped with an autopilot

  2. The plane was flying on autopilot.

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First Known Use of autopilot

1916

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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