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pilot engine

  1. a locomotive sent on ahead of a railroad train to see that the way is clear and the track safe.
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Origin of pilot engine

First recorded in 1830–40
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  • The coming of the pilot-engine heightens the intensity of watching, for now soon the king will come.

    Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation

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British Dictionary definitions for pilot engine

pilot engine

  1. a locomotive that leads one or more other locomotives at the head of a train of coaches or wagons
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