Definition of Pilot light

1. Noun. Small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner.

Exact synonyms: Pilot, Pilot Burner
Generic synonyms: Gas Burner, Gas Jet

2. Noun. Indicator consisting of a light to indicate whether power is on or a motor is in operation.
Exact synonyms: Indicator Lamp, Pilot Lamp
Generic synonyms: Indicator

Definition of Pilot light

1. Noun. A small, persistent flame used to ignite gas. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pilot Light

pilot biscuit
pilot bit
pilot blacksnake
pilot boat
pilot bread
pilot burner
pilot chart
pilot cloth
pilot engine
pilot experiment
pilot film
pilot fish
pilot hole
pilot ladder
pilot lamp
pilot light (current term)
pilot lights
pilot plant
pilot program
pilot project
pilot projects
pilot scale
pilot whale
pilot whales

Literary usage of Pilot light

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cooking for Two: A Handbook for Young Housekeepers by Hill, Janet McKenzie (1909)
"To light the oven burners, open both oven doors; turn the cock of the " pilot light" to the left and light the pilot light at the opening made for the ..."

2. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1906)
"A yellow-flame pilot light is more positive than a blue- flame light, because it cannot be extinguished so easily. The yellow flame is obtained by a small ..."

3. The Organization, Construction and Management of Hospitals: With Numerous by Albert John Ochsner, Meyer Joseph Sturm (1907)
"Another pilot light for each floor can be placed in the superintendent of nurse's room, so as to check each floor at all times. ..."

4. Automobile Engineering: A General Reference Work by American Technical Society (1920)
"It is even the practice of some owners to keep this pilot light, as it is called, lighted over night. Besides relighting the main burner when the car is ..."

5. The Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics by Mass Boston Cooking School (Boston, Boston Cooking School (Boston, Mass.) (1907)
"Gas cocks, one for each burner and for the •' pilot light." 7. ... Open the doors of both ovens wide before lighting the oven burners or the "pilot light. ..."

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