verb (used with object)
Origin of pilot
Synonyms for pilot
Related Words for pilotedcontrolled, supervised, discipline, disclose, educate, brief, guide, tutor, train, notify, advise, tell, dock, settle, force, attend, get, manage, drive, see
Examples from the Web for piloted
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 20, 2014
Public use of piloted UAS operations are approved on a "case-by-case basis," it reads.Are Amazon’s Drone Plans Just a Fantasy?
December 2, 2013
The Wisconsin Badgers are piloted by Buckingham U. Badger, who goes by Bucky.The Dummies’ Guide to College Football Bowl Games
January 1, 2013
The next generation of narco subs, Montoya says, will be piloted remotely like unmanned aerial vehicles.Drug War at Sea: Rise of the Narco Subs
May 13, 2012
Historical Examples of piloted
Hence the concession, and hence the appearance of Flora, piloted in by the man, man.Little Dorrit
He saw a figure, larger than the human, that walked among the clouds, and piloted the storm.Imogen
The captain had not piloted any new boarders to the High Cliff.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Never seen him before in any ship I piloted in or out all these years.Tales Of Hearsay
In the cañon below, Jones, as he piloted her to the subway, pulled at his gloves.The Paliser case
- 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.