- The definition of a pilot is a person licensed or qualified to fly a plane or spacecraft or operate a ship.
An example of a pilot is the person flying an airplane.
The pilot of a small plane.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- Archaic helmsman
- a person licensed to direct ships into or out of a harbor or through difficult waters
- a person qualified to operate the controls of an aircraft or spacecraft
- a guide; leader
- a device that guides the action of a machine or machine part
- ☆ a metal frame on the front of a locomotive, to remove obstructions from the track
- pilot light (sense )
- pilot film
Origin: MFr pilote from Italian pilota, pedoto from Medieval Greek an unverified form pēdōtēs from Glassical Greek pēdon, oar blade (in plural , rudder), akin to pous, foot
- to act as a pilot of, on, in, or over
- to guide; conduct; lead
- that serves as a guide or guiding device
- that serves as an activating device
- that serves as a trial unit for experimentation or testing
- pilotless adjective
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- One who operates or is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight.
- Nautical a. One who, though not belonging to a ship's company, is licensed to conduct a ship into and out of port or through dangerous waters.b. The helmsman of a ship.
- One who guides or directs a course of action for others.
- The part of a tool, device, or machine that leads or guides the whole.
- A pilot light, as in a stove.
- A television program produced as a prototype of a series being considered for adoption by a network.
- To serve as the pilot of.
- To steer or control the course of. See Synonyms at guide.
- Serving as a tentative model for future experiment or development: a pilot project.
- Serving or leading as guide.
Origin: Obsolete French, helmsman, from Old French, from Old Italian pilota, alteration of pedota, from Medieval Greek *pēdōtēs, from Greek pēda, steering oar, pl. of pēdon, blade of an oar; see ped- in Indo-European roots.Word History: The pilot of an aircraft speeding through the air and the pilot of a watercraft plowing through the water both drag an etymological foot on the ground. Surprisingly enough, considering its modern contexts, the English word pilot can be traced back to the Indo-European root *ped-, meaning “foot.” From the lengthened-grade suffixed form *pēdo- came the Greek word pēdon, “blade of an oar,” and in the plural, “steering oar.” In Medieval Greek there is assumed to have existed the derivative *pēdōtēs, “steersman,” which passed into Old Italian and acquired several forms, including pedota, and pilota, the form that was borrowed into Old French as pilot. English borrowed the word from French, and as pilot it has moved from the water to the air, first being recorded in 1848 with reference to an airborne pilot—a balloonist.
pilot - Computer Definition
(1) (Programmed Inquiry Learning Or Teaching) A high-level programming language used to generate question-and-answer courseware. A version that incorporated turtle graphics ran on Atari computers.
(2) (Pilot Software, Cambridge, MA, www.pilotsoftware.com) A corporate provider of business analytics solutions whose technologies included PilotWorks Suite, a business intelligence product with more than 15 years of development, and Pilot Hit List, which is software for Web site reporting and analysis. In early 2007, Hit List was acquired by Web analytics company Marketwave, and shortly thereafter, Pilot itself was acquired by SAP.
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