pilothouse

noun
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 Bering and Trasco focus on the pilothouse and engine room, both vulnerable points during an attack. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 27 Feb. 2022 The pilothouse seems most like a conventional yacht, while the whimsy begins again on the flybridge, with its teak deck, and aquamarine upper helm, tables and even the top radome. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 The top deck includes a salon, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the pilothouse, with a walkaround passage on all sides and lounge at the rear. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2022 The space in front of the pilothouse is also a social enclave, with lounges table and exceptional views of the water. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2022 The orange glow from the GPS illuminates the dark pilothouse, but Capt. Eric Dusenbery, ajc, 28 Sep. 2021 On the upper deck is an observation lounge which, apart from the pilothouse, another exterior lounge area, gym, dining area and the staterooms, is pretty much the complete layout. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 23 July 2021 My favorite spot on the 112 was the pilothouse, another large social area, with lounges and big windows surrounding the helm chair and navigation console. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 9 July 2021 From his corner of the pilothouse, Hutchins looked over at the crew’s leader. Annie Murphy Paul, Wired, 15 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pilothouse

1842, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

2 Jul 2022

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“Pilothouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilothouse. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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