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[aw-toh-pahy-luh t]
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  1. automatic pilot.

Origin of autopilot

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Examples from the Web for autopilot

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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for autopilot


  1. short for automatic pilot
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Word Origin and History for autopilot


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

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