The pilot of a small plane.
An example of a pilot is the person flying an airplane.
- 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 of pilotMiddle French pilote ; from Italian pilota, pedoto ; from Medieval Greek an unverified form pēdōtēs ; from Classical 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
- 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.
transitive verbpi·lot·ed, pi·lot·ing, pi·lots
- To serve as the pilot of (a plane, for example).
- To steer or control the course of: piloted the visitors around the city. See Synonyms at guide.
- Serving as a tentative model for future experiment or development: a pilot project.
- Serving or leading as guide.
Origin of pilotObsolete 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.
- A person who steers a ship, a helmsman.
- A person who knows well the depths and currents of a harbor or coastal area, who is hired by a vessel to help navigate the harbor or coast.
- An instrument for detecting the compass error.
- (Australia, road transport, informal) A pilot vehicle.
- (Australia, road transport) A person authorised to drive such a vehicle during an escort.
- A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.
- Something serving as a test or trial.
- We would like to run a pilot in your facility before rolling out the program city-wide.
- The pilot plant showed the need for major process changes.
- A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
- A sample episode of a proposed TV series
- (rail transport) A cowcatcher.
- A pilot light.
- One who flies a kite.
(third-person singular simple present pilots, present participle piloting, simple past and past participle piloted)
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.