an electric lamp, used in association with a control, which by means of position or color indicates the functioning of the control; an indicator light or a control light.
Origin of pilot lamp
First recorded in 1880–85
Also called pilot light.
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a small light in an electric circuit or device that lights up when the circuit is closed or when certain conditions prevail
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