- pilotless aircraft,
- pilotless ignition,
Origin of piloting
verb (used with object)
Origin of pilot
Examples from the Web for piloting
In the classic skillset of piloting, mental acuity, and its coordination with hand and foot movements, is equally vital.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We are out of control, going fast and high, and someone else is piloting this vessel.
Then we cut to Ted, mid-midlife crisis, who abruptly decides to cut the jets while piloting Sunkist clients over NorCal.Mad Men’s Game-Changing Midseason Finale, “Waterloo”: One Door Closes, Another Opens|Marlow Stern|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since 2002, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been piloting a billion-dollar movie franchise and merchandise empire.
Think not of JFK Jr., who died in 1999 while piloting his own plane, taking his wife and sister-in-law with him.Advice for Taylor Swift on Her Romance With Conor Kennedy|Rebecca Dana|August 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It won't be many years before half of them will be piloting aircars.Space Viking|Henry Beam Piper
He is piloting his craft, and he has a friend with him besides the crew.The Motor Boys Over the Ocean|Clarence Young
Dick, holding the light, was piloting Greg through the tunnel.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley|H. Irving Hancock
Behind them was a fleet of pirogues, which René was piloting on a hunting foray.The Worlds Greatest Books|Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
Even my friends were disgusted with me for piloting such an "undesirable citizen" into the community.Labor and Freedom|Eugene V. Debs
- 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
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.