• WordNet 3.6
    • v pilot act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance "Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip?","Who was navigating the ship during the accident?"
    • v pilot operate an airplane "The pilot flew to Cuba"
    • n pilot an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
    • n pilot small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
    • n pilot something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies "this painting is a copy of the original"
    • n pilot a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
    • n pilot someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
    • n pilot a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Angel Falls in Venezuela were named after an American pilot, Jimmy Angel, whose plane got stuck on top of the mountain while searching for gold
    • Pilot (Television) a filmed or taped episode of a proposed television series, produced as an example of the series. It may be shown only to those television broadcast executives who may decide whether to buy the rights to the series, or aired to test viewer reaction or to interest sponsors. Also called pilot film or pilot tape.
    • Pilot (Mach) A short plug at the end of a counterbore to guide the tool. Pilots are sometimes made interchangeable.
    • Pilot An instrument for detecting the compass error.
    • Pilot Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course.
    • Pilot Figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties. "The art of piloting a state."
    • Pilot (Naut) One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman.
    • Pilot (Aëronautics) One who flies, or is qualified to fly, an airplane, balloon, or other flying machine.
    • Pilot 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.
    • Pilot The cowcatcher of a locomotive.
    • Pilot (Mining) The heading or excavation of relatively small dimensions, first made in the driving of a larger tunnel.
    • Pilot To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous.
    • Pilot (Aëronautics) To fly, or act as pilot of (an aircraft); to operate (an airplane).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Orville Wright, a pilot, was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a Frenchman, was killed.
    • n pilot The steersman of a ship; that one of a ship's crew who has charge of the helm and the ship's course; specifically, one who works a ship into and out of harbor, or through a channel or passage. In this specific sense the pilot is a person possessing local knowledge of shallows, rocks, currents, channels, etc., licensed by public authority to steer vessels into and out of particular harbors, or along certain coasts, etc., and rendering such special service for a compensation, fixed usually with reference to the draft of water and the distance.
    • n pilot A guide; a director of the course of others; one who has the conduct of any affair requiring knowledge and judgment.
    • n pilot Same as cow-catcher. See cut under passenger-engine.
    • n pilot A book of sailing-directions.
    • n pilot Pilot-cloth.
    • n pilot The pilot-fish.
    • n pilot The black-bellied plover, Squatarola helvetica.
    • pilot To steer; direct the course of, especially through an intricate or perilous passage; guide through dangers or difficulties.
    • n pilot In machinery, a smaller element acting in advance of another or principal element of the same sort, and causing the latter to come into play when desired.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.
    • n Pilot pī′lut the steersman of a ship: one who conducts ships in and out of a harbour, along a dangerous coast, &c.: a guide
    • v.t Pilot to conduct as a pilot: to direct through dangerous places
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  • Epictetus
    “The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.”
  • William J. Durant
    “Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be n hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.”
  • Epicurus
    “Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Men grinned down upon them from the high windows of the steamer's pilot-house.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It proved to be the negro lad who had warned them of the black pilot's intended treachery.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
We have hired another pilote here, one M^r.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
I started to check the Pilot's pockets.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
A young Indian pilot, whom Ralegh had brought, named Ferdinando, became bewildered.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The pilot did things to the levers on the column between the two pilots' seats.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
As the small craft came near, it was evident that she was a pilot boat.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
He is the son of one of the second pilots.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
Unless, of course, the Ranger added grimly to himself, you happened to be one of the pilots.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
And punctually at a quarter to five the professor might have been seen making his way, on slippered feet, into the pilot-house.
"With Airship and Submarine" by Harry Collingwood

In poetry:

Two angels with their silver crowns
Pilot and helmsman are,
And an angel with a wreath of rue
Tosseth the dreams afar.
"The Dream-Ship" by Eugene Field
The other angels, silver-crowned,
Pilot and helmsman are,
And the angel with the wreath of rue
Tosseth the dreams afar.
"The Dream-Ship" by Eugene Field
With that Winstanley went his way,
And left the rock renowned,
And summer and winter his pilot star
Hung bright o’er Plymouth Sound.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Accept the verse, O Pilot of my life !
Let not thy polish'd taste disdain the song ;
'Twill sooth this fev'rish frame's rebellious strife,
And bid soft peace in silence steal along.
"To My Best Friend" by Laura Sophia Temple
The Master sleeps -- His pilot guards the bark;
He soon will wake, and at His mighty will
The light will shine where all before was dark --
The wild waves still remember: "Peace! be still."
""Peace! Be Still"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
No! no! 'tis not the tangled dew,
'Tis not the silver-fretted sand,
It is my own dear Lady true
With golden hair and lily hand!
O noble pilot steer for Troy,
Good sailor ply the labouring oar,
"Serenade" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

CarolAnn Garratt stands with her J-Model Mooney airplane she and co-pilot Carol Foy flew around the world in and set a new world record in 2008.
Rare Spitfire flips on landing in Norway killing pilot.
It's part of a three-year pilot program for Bayonne 's 9,600 students.
A dead pilot whale beached on May 21, 2011 in Scotland.
Rescuers saved 10 pilot whales who were beached off the coast of Scotland 16 others died.
Gish, Levine also join Kruger in pilot from Shine America.
Big Bend Starts New Pilot Program.
Cub Foods has had the system in four Minneapolis-area stores for four months as part of a pilot program.
Steve Hermann, Pilot Tribune Staff.
OPEC has been on auto-pilot for the last year.
PRESS Phil Smith, Illustrious Potentateof the Hadi Shriners in Evansville, talks with Lt Ryan Chamberlain, USN, after Chamberlain piloted Blue Angel No.
Original Blue Angel pilot dies at age 86.
The Air Line Pilots Association said Monday that 75 percent of Eagle pilots who voted favored ratification.
The Allied Pilots Association board of directors decided Monday to ask American Airlines Inc pilots to authorize a strike against their bankrupt employer, although they don't have legal permission to walk off their jobs.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Center to Advance the Pilot Community (CAPComm) held the first of a planned monthly series of webinars Nov 14.

In science:

The results reported here are of a small scale pilot study to study the effect of parsimony and of random oracles.
The influence of parsimony and randomness on complexity growth in Tierra
Dissemination to the wider biomedical community on the outcome of the pilots.
Experiences of Engineering Grid-Based Medical Software
Such a superiority is likely to be shown in pilot and preliminary studies.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
These pilot tones help the receiver to extract some of the DFT samples of the discrete time varying channel (82) at the respective frequencies in each transmitting block.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
Thus, the channel estimation problem is equivalent to finding the spar se vector h from the above set of equations for a set of pilots.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing