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pilot plant

an experimental industrial plant in which processes or techniques planned for use in full-scale operation are tested in advance.
Origin of pilot plant
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There's nobody else around here to take it through the pilot plant.

    The Professional Approach Charles Leonard Harness
  • So we're getting a pilot plant: eggs, incubator, and a knocked-down broiler battery so we can try the idea out.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • During that summer it was used in a pilot plant to separate the first significant amounts of U235 ever obtained.

    LRL Accelerators Lawrence Radiation Laboratory
British Dictionary definitions for pilot plant

pilot plant

a small-scale industrial plant in which problems can be identified and solved before the full-scale plant is built
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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