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pilot plant

noun
  1. an experimental industrial plant in which processes or techniques planned for use in full-scale operation are tested in advance.
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Origin of pilot plant

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for pilot plant

pilot plant

noun
  1. a small-scale industrial plant in which problems can be identified and solved before the full-scale plant is built
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