automatic pilot

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

Idioms about automatic pilot

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

Origin of automatic pilot

First recorded in 1915–20

Words Nearby automatic pilot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use automatic pilot in a sentence

  • Tell them that true friendship does not thrive on an automatic pilot.

  • Sherman flattened out, and without paying any attention to direction, snapped in the automatic pilot and reached for his gun.

    The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt
  • Without orders, without clearance papers, without an automatic pilot check.

    The Long Voyage | Carl Richard Jacobi
  • By the exercise of his will he has set his course, and on that course he will stay as if guided by an automatic pilot.

    The Pursuit of God | A. W. Tozer
  • He punched down the keys, and sat back to wait for the automatic pilot to carry him out from Earth.

    Starman's Quest | Robert Silverberg
  • The pilot took over manual control from the automatic pilot.

    Space Platform | Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for automatic pilot

automatic pilot

  1. Also called: autopilot a device that automatically maintains an aircraft on a preset course

  2. on automatic pilot informal acting without conscious thought because of tiredness, shock, or familiarity with the task being performed

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