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[aw-toh-pahy-luh t] /ˈɔ toʊˌpaɪ lət/
Origin of autopilot Unabridged
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Examples from the web for autopilot
  • So then you basically put the panels on autopilot, and they know where the sun is on their own.
  • All he had to do was direct the autopilot to return to base.
  • It's equipped with an autopilot device that's programmed to seek out and fly in thermals.
  • No matter how good the autopilot, you still better know how to land the plane.
  • It is astonishingly easy to set your retirement on autopilot.
  • Adjust depending on risk tolerance and then put your investments on autopilot.
  • Actually the first book was decent in that regard but by the third book or so she was on autopilot.
  • He gets into the science of reading, the way some circuits in the brain go on autopilot as you're pulled deeper into the text.
  • Feeling as though you are living your life on autopilot.
  • And even more important, it can do them on autopilot.
British Dictionary definitions for autopilot


/ˌɔːtəˈpaɪlət; -təʊ-/
short for automatic pilot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for autopilot

1935, from auto- + pilot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for autopilot



Something done automatically, without much self-awareness: She is on autopilot when driving them to school

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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