verb (used with object)
- pilonidal sinus,
- pilot balloon,
- pilot bird,
- pilot biscuit,
- pilot boat,
- pilot burner
Origin of pilot
Examples from the Web for piloted
The U-2 that left Pakistan that day was piloted by a former Air Force captain, Francis Gary Powers.Russia’s Missiles Stung the World Long Before MH17|Clive Irving|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Public use of piloted UAS operations are approved on a "case-by-case basis," it reads.
The Wisconsin Badgers are piloted by Buckingham U. Badger, who goes by Bucky.
The next generation of narco subs, Montoya says, will be piloted remotely like unmanned aerial vehicles.
That meant that I could sleep while she piloted and vice-versa.A Spaceship Named McGuire|Gordon Randall Garrett
The station was somewhat crowded, but as they piloted their way through the knots of passengers Michael still talked on.Lover or Friend|Rosa Nouchette Carey
Chief among those who piloted the large boats through the passage in the reef was Hugh Morris.The Island Queen|R.M. Ballantyne
The immigration of '43 was piloted through by Dr. Whitman and ours was the second immigration across the mountains.A Survivor's Recollections of the Whitman Massacre|Matilda Sager
As Dor piloted us to the open street, we asked him where his mother was.Johnny Ludlow. First Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
- 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
1945, past participle adjective from pilot (v.).
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.