guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers.
guided the scouts through the cave
lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order.
led his team to victory
steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly.
steered the ship through a narrow channel
pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course.
piloted the bill through the Senate
engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan.
engineered his son's election to the governorship
Examples of pilot in a Sentence
the airline is seeking experienced pilots to fly the new airplane Verb
He is learning how to pilot a helicopter.
He skillfully piloted the ship into port during the storm. Adjective
The group conducted a pilot program.
a new pilot program to train inner-city residents for jobs in the tech sector
Recent Examples on the Web
Officials confirmed that the pilot was the only person on board the plane.
FATAL SD PLANE CRASH WAS CAUSED BY SUDDEN ENGINE FAILURE, REPORT SAYS
Aerial footage from the scene shows a nearby van was damaged in the crash.—Stepheny Price, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2023 In the videos, two IDF pilots discuss whether or not to strike.—Anna Schecter, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Many carriers do not charge pilots for this training.—Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Most pilots will give passengers a weather rundown before takeoff, so listen up to any announcements being made over the PA while boarding.—Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 The pilot was the only person on board the six-seater and died before he could be taken to a hospital.—Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 However, authorities have not publicly confirmed the pilot’s identity.—Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Hikari directed and executive produced the pilot and two other episodes of the show, which earned 13 Emmy nominations earlier this year.—Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 Jon Steinberg co-wrote the pilot with Riordan, and James Bobin directed it.—Jaden Thompson, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023
The opera implies that old-fashioned fighter piloting is nobler, and better for soldiers’ mental health, than the video-game-style drone deployment that has expanded the battlefield to encompass, potentially, all of us.—Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2023 On May 10, Allen, 65, was piloting a single-engine Cessna 208 aircraft nearly 12,000 ft.—Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Each drone will be operated by two people, one to pilot the device and another who will operate the gimbal on the drone, looking for the best shot and angle.—Chris Morris, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2023 Metro has started piloting train doors that open without human intervention as part of a broader plan to return automatic train operations (ATO) systemwide next year.—Justin George, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2023 The aircraft is fully autonomous, whereas most other air taxis on the market will be piloted.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Oct. 2023 The American Ornithological Society plans to pilot a renaming program next year, starting with around 10 birds.—Katrina Miller, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Child-friendly rides put the little ones behind the wheel piloting boats and driving cars on attractions like Coast Guard Academy, Aquazone Wave Racers, and Duplo Tractor.—Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 Australian lithium developer Lake Resources is now piloting Lilac’s technology at two remote project sites, and Ford has signed a deal to buy 25,000 metric tons of lithium a year from one of these projects.—IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2023
The helicopters typically have a crew of two: a pilot and a co-pilot gunner, according to the U.S. Army.—Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2023 Both Macdonald and Hsu were eyed for the pilot role that went to Polanco, but they were cast in later episodes.—Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2023 In a YouTube reaction video to the pilot episode of Sister Wives, the 21-year-old reality star called out the role her dad played in their family in response to Kody's now-ex Meri Brown discussing the advantages of a polygamous lifestyle.—Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 1 May 2023 Each serving has 35% protein to keep your canine co-pilot active and robust.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 This is the minimalist path Google, with its experimental store in New York, Amazon and its pilot retail outlets, and now Meta are attempting to replicate.—Adario Strange, Quartz, 26 Apr. 2022 Carly helps a perfectionist chef with stage fright reopen his family’s diner, all for the pilot episode of her television show.—Carrie Wittmer, Vulture, 25 Dec. 2022 Three and a half years ago, San Francisco started a pilot program to compel more people into treatment who met certain strict criteria.—Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2023 One of those is a pilot program that would incentivize adults receiving unemployment benefits to earn their high school diploma by awarding them up to $4,000 for completing a diploma or equivalency program.—Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Jan. 2023 See More
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Middle French pilote, from Italian pilota, alteration of pedota, from Middle Greek *pēdōtēs, from Greek pēda steering oars, plural of pēdon oar; probably akin to Greek pod-, pous foot — more at foot