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[aw-toh-pahy-luh t] /ˈɔ toʊˌpaɪ lət/
Origin of autopilot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Finally, satisfied with the ship's orientation, the autopilot rested.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • The autopilot of RI 276 had no intention of letting this happen, of course.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • Had it been transmitting then, the autopilot would simply have homed on it.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • Now he inserted it into the receiving tray of the autopilot and tripped a lever.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • This either knocked out the autopilot or shocked it into submission.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for autopilot


/ˌɔːtəˈpaɪlət; -təʊ-/
short for automatic pilot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for autopilot

1935, from auto- + pilot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for autopilot



Something done automatically, without much self-awareness: She is on autopilot when driving them to school

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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