Definition of Automatic pilot
1. Noun. A cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness. "She talked and he dozed and my mind went on autopilot"
2. Noun. A navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course.
Generic synonyms: Device
Terms within: Inertial Guidance System, Inertial Navigation System
Lexicographical Neighbors of Automatic Pilot
Literary usage of Automatic pilot
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Practical Aviation: An Understandable Presentation of Interesting and by Charles Brian Hayward (1919)
"Sperry Clinometer automatic pilot. This is another Sperry invention which ... The Spr.-rry automatic pilot consists of a generator driven by a all air pr ..."
2. Transportation Expressions (1996) by Richard Feldman (1998)
"... automatic pilot: The roll, pitch, and yaw axis of an aircraft can be controlled by use of an automatic pilot. ..."
3. Aviation in the U.S. Army, 1919-1939 by Maurer Maurer (1987)
"... to direct the course of the plane during the bombing run, changing direction as need be to keep the sight on target. Norden's automatic pilot ..."
4. Blunting the Sword: Budget Policy and the Future of Defense by Dennis S. Ippolito (1995)
"So we are becoming more and more on automatic pilot and the automatic pilot is huge, huge deficits.10 The major party platforms in 1992 confirmed Nunn's ..."
5. Long Road to Recovery; Community Responses to Industrial Disaster by James Kenneth Mitchell (1996)
"The ship did not respond immediately, owing to either the shallow water or the fact that it was still on automatic pilot. Cousins called for Hazelwood but, ..."
6. A Dictionary of Military Terms by Edward Samuel Farrow (1918)
"Sperry automatic pilot.—In aviation, a contrivance fulfilling important functions as an automatic pilot, a clinometer, and a gyroscopic reference plane. ..."