Pilot definition

pīlət
One who operates or is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight.
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To serve as the pilot of (a plane, for example).
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Serving as a tentative model for future experiment or development.

A pilot project.

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To act as a pilot of, on, in, or over.
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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.

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A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.
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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.

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A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
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A sample episode of a proposed TV series.
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(rail transport) A cowcatcher.
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To control (an aircraft or watercraft).
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A pilot light, as in a stove.
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Serving or leading as guide.
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A person qualified to operate the controls of an aircraft or spacecraft.
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A guide; leader.
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That serves as a guide or guiding device.
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A person who steers a ship, a helmsman.

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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.
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An instrument for detecting the compass error.
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(Australia, road transport, informal) A pilot vehicle.
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(Australia, road transport) A person authorised to drive such a vehicle during an escort.
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A pilot light.
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One who flies a kite.
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Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
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Used to control or activate another device. (pilot light)
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A vehicle to warn other road users of the presence of an oversize vehicle/combination. (pilot vehicle)
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Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")
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To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.
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One who guides or directs a course of action for others.
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The part of a tool, device, or machine that leads or guides the whole.
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To steer or control the course of.

Piloted the visitors around the city.

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A device that guides the action of a machine or machine part.
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To guide; conduct; lead.
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That serves as an activating device.
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That serves as a trial unit for experimentation or testing.
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A television program produced as a prototype of a series being considered for adoption by a network.
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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.
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The helmsman of a ship.
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A metal shield on the front of a locomotive, for deflecting obstructions from the track.
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A person licensed to direct ships into or out of a harbor or through difficult waters.
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To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc.)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pilot
Plural:
pilots

Origin of pilot

  • 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 ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French pilot, pillot, from Italian piloto, from Late Latin pillottus; perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek πηδόν (pÄ“don, “blade of an oar, oar") , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pÄ“dalion), "rudder" .

    From Wiktionary