Pilot Definition

pīlət
piloted, piloting, pilots
noun
pilots
A person qualified to operate the controls of an aircraft or spacecraft.
Webster's New World
One who guides or directs a course of action for others.
American Heritage
A guide; leader.
Webster's New World
A device that guides the action of a machine or machine part.
Webster's New World
A metal shield on the front of a locomotive, for deflecting obstructions from the track.
Webster's New World
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verb
piloted, piloting, pilots
To act as a pilot of, on, in, or over.
Webster's New World
To guide; conduct; lead.
Webster's New World
To steer or control the course of.
Piloted the visitors around the city.
American Heritage
To control (an aircraft or watercraft).
Wiktionary

To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.

Wiktionary
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adjective
That serves as a guide or guiding device.
Webster's New World
Serving as a tentative model for future experiment or development.
A pilot project.
American Heritage
Serving or leading as guide.
American Heritage
That serves as an activating device.
Webster's New World
That serves as a trial unit for experimentation or testing.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Pilot

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

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