pi·​lot·​house | \ ˈpī-lət-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce pilothouse (audio) \

Definition of pilothouse

: a deckhouse for a ship's helmsman containing the steering wheel, compass, and navigating equipment

Examples of pilothouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of the action takes place in the pilothouse and bridge wing, which serves as a balcony that overlooks the ship. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, "The sonic abyss behind the harrowing WWII battle sequence in ‘Greyhound’," 31 Mar. 2021 The Americans could make out rocket tubes mounted on the pilothouse of one boat. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019 The ship’s hull is 68 feet tall, from keel to deck, and the pilothouse and ship’s quarters will rise another nine stories above the main deck. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "With dearth of orders, Philly Shipyard's future is at risk," 10 May 2018 The pilothouse, necessary for a human crew to control the ship, can be unbolted and removed. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Just Got the World’s Largest Uncrewed Ship," 5 Feb. 2018 In December 2015, Nathan purchased the Chicken Pox, a sturdy 31-foot Down-easter, from a metalworker in Massachusetts who had retrofitted the vessel’s topside with a stainless-steel deck and pilothouse. James D. Walsh, Daily Intelligencer, "A Son Took His Mother Out Fishing. She Never Came Back.," 23 Jan. 2018 As thin wisps of smoke rose from the vessel’s smokestack high above the pilothouse, a 23-year-old enslaved man named Robert Smalls stood on the deck. Cate Lineberry, Smithsonian, "The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of pilothouse

1842, in the meaning defined above

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9 Apr 2021

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“Pilothouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilothouse. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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