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pilot

[pahy-luh t] /ˈpaɪ lət/
noun
1.
a person duly qualified to steer ships into or out of a harbor or through certain difficult waters.
2.
a person who steers a ship.
3.
Aeronautics. a person duly qualified to operate an airplane, balloon, or other aircraft.
4.
a guide or leader:
the pilot of the expedition.
5.
coast pilot (def 1).
6.
pilot light (def 1).
7.
Machinery. a guide for centering or otherwise positioning two adjacent parts, often consisting of a projection on one part fitting into a recess in the other.
8.
Railroads. cowcatcher.
9.
Also called pilot film, pilot tape. Television. a prototypical filmed or taped feature, produced with hopes of network adoption as a television series and aired to test potential viewer interest and attract sponsors.
10.
a preliminary or experimental trial or test:
The school will offer a pilot of its new computer course.
verb (used with object)
11.
to steer.
12.
to lead, guide, or conduct, as through unknown places, intricate affairs, etc.
13.
to act as pilot on, in, or over.
14.
to be in charge of or responsible for:
We're looking for someone to pilot the new project.
adjective
15.
serving as an experimental or trial undertaking prior to full-scale operation or use:
a pilot project.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier pylotte < Middle French pillotte < Italian pilota, dissimilated variant of pedota < Medieval Greek *pēdṓtēs steersman, equivalent to pēd(á) rudder (plural of pēdón oar) + -ōtēs agent suffix
Related forms
unpiloted, adjective
well-piloted, adjective
Can be confused
Pilate, pilot.
Synonyms
2. helmsman. 13. maneuver, manage.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellpiloted

pilot

/ˈpaɪlət/
noun
1.
  1. a person who is qualified to operate an aircraft or spacecraft in flight
  2. (as modifier): pilot error
2.
  1. a person who is qualified to steer or guide a ship into or out of a port, river mouth, etc
  2. (as modifier): a pilot ship
3.
a person who steers a ship
4.
a person who acts as a leader or guide
5.
(machinery) a guide, often consisting of a tongue or dowel, used to assist in joining two mating parts together
6.
(machinery) a plug gauge for measuring an internal diameter
7.
(films) a colour test strip accompanying black-and-white rushes from colour originals
8.
an experimental programme on radio or television
9.
10.
(modifier) used in or serving as a test or trial: a pilot project
11.
(modifier) serving as a guide: a pilot beacon
verb (transitive)
12.
to act as pilot of
13.
to control the course of
14.
to guide or lead (a project, people, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from French pilote, from Medieval Latin pilotus, ultimately from Greek pēdon oar; related to Greek pous foot
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Word Origin and History for wellpiloted

pilot

n.

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.

v.

1640s, "to guide, lead;" 1690s, "to conduct as a pilot," from pilot (n.) or from French piloter. Related: Piloted; piloting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wellpiloted

pilot

noun
  1. The manager of a sports team
  2. A jockey (1940s+)
Related Terms

sky-pilot


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Related Abbreviations for wellpiloted

PILOT

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