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  1. pi·lot
    IPA[ˈpīlət]
  2. noun

    • 1. a person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft:

      a strike by local airline pilots the crash had been due to pilot error
      Synonym : airman/airwoman, flyer, aeronaut, captain, commander, copilot, first/second officer, wingman, aircrew, skipper, aviator, aviatrix, birdman, jock, fly boy
    • 2. a person with expert local knowledge qualified to take charge of a ship entering or leaving confined waters; a helmsman.

    • 3. a guide or leader.

    • 4. a television program made to test audience reaction with a view to the production of a series.

      Synonym : trial episode, pilot episode, pilot program, sample, experiment
    • 5. an unmodulated reference signal transmitted with another signal for the purposes of control or synchronization.

    • 6. another term for cowcatcher

    • 7. short for pilot light

    adjective

    • 1. done as an experiment or test before introducing something more widely:

      a two-year pilot study

    verb

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: pilot, plural noun: pilots

    • v.: verb: pilot, 3rd person present: pilots, gerund or present participle: piloting, past tense: piloted, past participle: piloted

    • noun

      a person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft:

      a person with expert local knowledge qualified to take charge of a ship entering or leaving a harbour.

    • adjective

      done as an experiment or test before being introduced more widely:
    • verb

      be the pilot of (an aircraft or ship):

      guide or steer:

    • noun

      a small gas burner kept continuously burning to light a larger burner when needed, especially on a gas stove or water heater.

      an electric indicator light or control light.

    • noun

      a pilot who flies an aircraft to test its performance.
    • noun

      a boat used to transport maritime pilots to and from ships.
    • noun

      a device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot.
    • noun

      hard dry bread or biscuit, especially as rations for sailors or soldiers.
    • noun

      a person who flies small aircraft into remote areas.
    • noun

      another term for pea jacket
    • noun

      a brand of handheld computer.
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