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noun

Aeronautics.Also called automatic, autopilot, gyropilot, robot. an airborne electronic control system that automatically maintains a preset heading and attitude.

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Idioms for automatic pilot

    on automatic pilot, functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner.

Origin of automatic pilot

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for automatic pilot

automatic pilot

noun

Also called: autopilot a device that automatically maintains an aircraft on a preset course
on automatic pilot informal acting without conscious thought because of tiredness, shock, or familiarity with the task being performed
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