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[pahy-luh t-hous] /ˈpaɪ lətˌhaʊs/
noun, plural pilothouses
[pahy-luh t-hou-ziz] /ˈpaɪ lətˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA).
an enclosed structure on the deck of a ship from which it can be navigated.
Also called wheelhouse.
Origin of pilothouse
1840-50, Americanism; pilot + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To the hull will be added ventilators, smoke stacks and pilothouse.
  • The searchlight beam is faintly visible pointing aft from atop her pilothouse.
  • As she lifted to the swell the chain tightened and snapped, its short end whipping up and winding around the pilothouse.
  • The upper deck and pilothouse roof are surrounded by a simple pipe rail.
  • With deteriorating conditions, they were soon forced to take shelter in the pilothouse.
  • The gun director and searchlights are mounted atop the pilothouse.
  • One forward-facing window frame in the pilothouse was knocked out of alignment.
  • Safety cover installed over steering shaft and airline aft of pilothouse.
  • The pilothouse windows then suddenly blew out as if there had been an explosion.
  • The wooden superstructure was removed and the promenade deck forward of the pilothouse cut down to the level of the berth deck.

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