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[pahy-luh-tij] /ˈpaɪ lə tɪdʒ/
act, occupation, or skill of piloting.
the fee paid to a pilot for his or her services.
pilot station (def 1).
the process of directing the movement of a ship or aircraft by visual or electronic observations of recognizable landmarks.
Origin of pilotage
1610-20; < French; see pilot, -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Yaunie swore it was to cheat the pilotage, and Patrovish said he couldn't have believed it of you.

    Looking Seaward Again Walter Runciman
  • There's nothing but pilotage, and even that's pretty sketchy.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • The Reynard and her tender are following us, to get the benefit of Fluent's pilotage.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • So long as we were in pilotage I stuck manfully to the wheel.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • I am not over prudent to trust to his pilotage; but wiser men have been led by fools.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • This little incident clarified the air on the pilotage question.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • A few turns under her pilotage would suffice to decide his claims to be what I am looking for.

    Riding for Ladies W. A. Kerr
  • But Colter was not truthful, which disqualified him for pilotage.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • So he dropped his newspapers to one of the mates, and applied himself to the details of the pilotage.

    A Master of Fortune Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Without the pilotage of principle, they know not what course to take, and are every moment in danger of a fatal wreck.

British Dictionary definitions for pilotage


the act of piloting an aircraft or ship
a pilot's fee
the navigation of an aircraft by the observation of ground features and use of charts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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