verb (used with object)
- pilonidal sinus,
- pilot balloon,
- pilot bird,
- pilot biscuit,
- pilot boat,
- pilot burner
Origin of pilot
Examples from the Web for pilot
Investigators will focus on whether the sudden emergency was so extreme that no degree of pilot skill would have helped.
At such a moment, the pilot has no resources other than his own instincts and experience.
By 2011, Airbus was working on a program to replicate these conditions in a flight simulator for use in pilot training.
The “pilot flying” was more probably the far less experienced copilot.
By contrast, a gun will allow a pilot to attack hostile forces that are less than 300 feet from friendly ground forces.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What pilot is there indeed who has not many times experienced such unpleasant sensation?The Aeroplane Speaks|H. Barber
The Pilot turned the head of the pinnace, and Jack immediately threw his harpoon.Willis the Pilot|Johanna Spyri
The canvas fell into festoons, and the pilot called, "All ready forrard?"The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 1 of 3|William Clark Russell
I said nothing, but acted as my own pilot, and took opportunity to watch my hard-riding friend during the course of the run.Ladies on Horseback|Nannie Lambert
We are not going to touch at any Irish port, so I am hurrying to write a few lines to send off by the Pilot.Canada for Gentlemen|James Seton Cockburn
- a person who is qualified to operate an aircraft or spacecraft in flight
- (as modifier)pilot error
- a person who is qualified to steer or guide a ship into or out of a port, river mouth, etc
- (as modifier)a pilot ship
Word Origin for pilot
1510s, "one who steers a ship," from Middle French pillote (16c.), from Italian piloto, supposed to be an alteration of Old Italian pedoto, which usually is said to be from Medieval Greek *pedotes "rudder, helmsman," from Greek pedon "steering oar," related to pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Change of -d- to -l- in Latin ("Sabine -l-") parallels that in odor/olfactory; see lachrymose.
Sense extended 1848 to "one who controls a balloon," and 1907 to "one who flies an airplane." As an adjective, 1788 as "pertaining to a pilot;" from 1928 as "serving as a prototype." Thus the noun pilot meaning "pilot episode" (etc.), attested from 1962. Pilot light is from 1890.