pilot

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French pilot, pillot, from Italian piloto, from Late Latin pillottus; perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek πηδόν (pēdón, blade of an oar, oar) [1], hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" [2].

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pilot (plural pilots)

  1. A person who steers a ship, a helmsman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  2. A person who knows well the depths and currents of a harbor or coastal area, who is hired by a vessel to help navigate the harbor or coast.
  3. An instrument for detecting the compass error.
  4. (Australia, road transport, informal) A pilot vehicle.
  5. (Australia, road transport) A person authorised to drive such a vehicle during an escort.
  6. A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, E. L. Cary and A. Hart, page 43:
      So we mounted our horses, and put out for that town, under the direction of two friendly Creeks we had taken for pilots.
  7. Something serving as a test or trial.
    We would like to run a pilot in your facility before rolling out the program city-wide.
    The pilot plant showed the need for major process changes.
  8. A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
  9. A sample episode of a proposed TV series
  10. (rail transport) A cowcatcher.
  11. A pilot light.
  12. One who flies a kite.
    • 2003, John P. Glaser, A Father's Collage, page 31:
      Julia has become quite a good kite pilot. She has learned how to repeatedly buzz her father's head, coming within two feet, and not hitting him.

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pilot (not comparable)

  1. Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
  2. Used to control or activate another device. (pilot light)
  3. A vehicle to warn other road users of the presence of an oversize vehicle/combination. (pilot vehicle)
  4. Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")

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pilot (third-person singular simple present pilots, present participle piloting, simple past and past participle piloted)

  1. (transitive) To control (an aircraft or watercraft).
  2. (transitive) To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.
  3. (transitive) To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc.)

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pilot m

  1. pilot (controller of aircraft)

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Middle French[edit]

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pilot m (plural pilots)

  1. stake (pole designed to be pushed into the ground)

Norwegian[edit]

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pilot m

  1. a pilot, controller of aircraft

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Polish[edit]

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pilot m

  1. pilot (controller of aircraft)
  2. remote control

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(aircraft pilot)

(remote control)


Romanian[edit]

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French pilote

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pilot m (plural piloți)

  1. pilot

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