Definition of Pilot

1. Noun. Someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight.

Exact synonyms: Airplane Pilot
Category relationships: Aircraft
Generic synonyms: Aeronaut, Airman, Aviator, Flier, Flyer
Specialized synonyms: Barnstormer, Stunt Flier, Stunt Pilot, Captain, Senior Pilot, Combat Pilot, Co-pilot, Copilot, Kamikaze, Test Pilot, Wingman

2. Verb. Operate an airplane. "The pilot flew to Cuba"
Exact synonyms: Aviate, Fly
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation, Aircraft
Generic synonyms: Control, Operate
Related verbs: Fly, Fly, Fly
Entails: Fly, Wing
Specialized synonyms: Fly Blind, Fly Contact, Solo, Test Fly, Jet, Glide, Hydroplane, Seaplane, Balloon, Flat-hat, Hedgehop, Hang Glide, Soar
Derivative terms: Aviation, Aviation, Aviator, Flier, Flyer, Flying, Pilotage, Pilotage, Piloting, Piloting

3. Noun. A person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor.

4. Verb. Act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance. "Who was navigating the ship during the accident?"
Exact synonyms: Navigate
Generic synonyms: Channelise, Channelize, Direct, Guide, Head, Maneuver, Manoeuver, Manoeuvre, Point, Steer
Specialized synonyms: Astrogate
Derivative terms: Navigation, Navigator, Navigator, Pilotage, Pilotage, Piloting, Piloting

5. Noun. A program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors.

6. Noun. Something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies. "This painting is a copy of the original"
Exact synonyms: Archetype, Original
Generic synonyms: Example, Model
Derivative terms: Archetypal, Archetypical, Original

7. Noun. Small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner.
Exact synonyms: Pilot Burner, Pilot Light
Generic synonyms: Gas Burner, Gas Jet

8. Noun. An inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track.
Exact synonyms: Buffer, Cowcatcher, Fender
Generic synonyms: Framework
Group relationships: Engine, Locomotive, Locomotive Engine, Railway Locomotive
Derivative terms: Fend

Definition of Pilot

1. n. One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman.

2. v. t. To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous.

3. n. One who flies, or is qualified to fly, a balloon, an airship, or a flying machine.

4. v. t. To fly, or act as pilot of (an aircraft).

Definition of Pilot

1. Noun. (nautical) A person who steers a ship, a helmsman. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) 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. ¹

3. Noun. (rare) A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area. ¹

4. Noun. (aviation) A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft. ¹

5. Noun. (television) A sample episode of a proposed TV series ¹

6. Noun. (rail transport) A cowcatcher. ¹

7. Noun. A pilot light. ¹

8. Adjective. Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (''pilot run'', ''pilot plant'') ¹

9. Adjective. Used to control or activate another device. (qualifier pilot light) ¹

10. Adjective. Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp") ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To control (an aircraft or watercraft). ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc.) ¹

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Definition of Pilot

1. to control the course of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pilot

1. 1. One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman. 2. Specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees. 3. Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course. 4. An instrument for detecting the compass error. 5. The cowcatcher of a locomotive. Pilot balloon, a small balloon sent up in advance of a large one, to show the direction and force of the wind. Pilot bird. Same as Blackfish. Origin: F. Pilote, prob. From D. Peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. Peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. Lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i.e, he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pilot

pilomotor fibres
pilomotor reflex
pilon fracture
pilonidal cyst
pilonidal fistula
pilonidal sinus
pilosebaceous unit
pilosebaceous units
pilot (current term)
pilot balloon
pilot balloon observation
pilot biscuit
pilot bit
pilot blacksnake
pilot boat
pilot bread
pilot burner
pilot chart
pilot cloth
pilot engine
pilot experiment
pilot film

Literary usage of Pilot

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

1. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, John Melville Gould, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1901)
"Duty to employ a pilot. —It is the duty of the master engaged in a foreign trade to put his ship under the charge of a pilot, both on his outward and ..."

2. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1855)
"When any ship or vessel, bound to the port of New York, and boarded by any pilot appointed by this Board, at such distance to the southward or eastw«rd of ..."

3. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1917)
"The captain discussed the voyage with the English pilot. The pilot advised the master as to what he considered the best route to the Maas ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"'The pilot and His Wife' portrays the life of the sailor both at home and ... pilot KNOB, any one of various hills conspicuous from a coast or harbor, ..."

5. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (2000)
"EPISODES IN pilot LIFE. IN the course of the tug-boat gossip, ... But I did not learn that any of these pilot-farmers had astonished anybody with their ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"104) defines a pilot a being a person duly licensed by any pilotage authority to conduct ships to which he does not belong as one of the crew. ..."

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