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pilot

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noun pi·lot \ˈpī-lət\

Definition of pilot

  1. 1a :  one employed to steer a ship :  helmsmanb :  a person who is qualified and usually licensed to conduct a ship into and out of a port or in specified watersc :  a person who flies or is qualified to fly an aircraft or spacecraft

  2. 2 :  guide, leader

  3. 3 :  cowcatcher

  4. 4 :  a piece that guides a tool or machine part

  5. 5 :  a television show produced and filmed or taped as a sample of a proposed series

  6. 6 :  pilot light 1

pilotless

play \ˈpī-lət-ləs\ adjective

Examples of pilot in a Sentence

  1. the airline is seeking experienced pilots to fly the new airplane

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Origin and Etymology of pilot

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

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pilot

verb pi·lot

Definition of pilot

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act as a guide to :  lead or conduct over a usually difficult course

  3. 2a :  to set and conn the course of pilot a shipb :  to act as pilot of pilot a plane

Examples of pilot in a Sentence

  1. He is learning how to pilot a helicopter.

  2. He skillfully piloted the ship into port during the storm.

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First Known Use of pilot

1649

Synonym Discussion of pilot

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. 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

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pilot

adjective pi·lot

Definition of pilot

  1. :  serving as a guiding or tracing device, an activating or auxiliary unit, or a trial apparatus or operation a pilot study

Examples of pilot in a Sentence

  1. The group conducted a pilot program.

  2. a new pilot program to train inner-city residents for jobs in the tech sector

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First Known Use of pilot

1915


PILOT Defined for English Language Learners

pilot

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noun

Definition of pilot for English Language Learners

  • : a person who flies an airplane, helicopter, etc.

  • : a person who steers or guides a ship into and out of a port or in dangerous waters

  • : a single television show that is made as a test to see if a television series based on the show would be popular and successful

pilot

verb

Definition of pilot for English Language Learners

  • : to fly (an airplane, spacecraft, etc.)

  • : to steer or guide (a ship)

pilot

adjective

Definition of pilot for English Language Learners

  • : done as a test to see if a larger program, study, etc., should be done


PILOT Defined for Kids

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pilot

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noun pi·lot \ˈpī-lət\

Definition of pilot for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who flies an aircraft

  2. 2 :  a person who steers a ship

  3. 3 :  a person especially qualified to guide ships into and out of a port or in dangerous waters


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pilot

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verb pi·lot

Definition of pilot for Students

piloted

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piloting

  1. 1 :  to fly (an airplane)

  2. 2 :  to steer or guide (a boat)



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