Definitions for: Pilot

[n] an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
[n] small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
[n] an original model on which something is patterned
[n] a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
[n] someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
[n] a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
[v] act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plann, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance; "Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip?"; "Who was navigating the ship during the accident?"
[v] fly a plane

Webster (1913) Definition: Pi"lot, n.
1. (A["e]ronautics) One who flies, or is qualified to fly, a
balloon, an airship, or a flying machine.

2. (Mach.) A short plug at the end of a counterbore to guide
the tool. Pilots are sometimes made interchangeable.

3. (Mining) The heading or excavation of relatively small
dimensions, first made in the driving of a larger tunnel.

Pi"lot, v. t. (A["e]ronautics)
To fly, or act as pilot of (an aircraft).

Pi"lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet,
sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. &
G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead,
akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he
who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]
1. (Naut.) One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a
steersman. --Dryden.

2. Specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by
authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or
in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees.

3. Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a
difficult or unknown course.

4. An instrument for detecting the compass error.

5. The cowcatcher of a locomotive. [U.S.]

Pilot balloon, a small balloon sent up in advance of a
large one, to show the direction and force of the wind.

Pilot bird. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A bird found near the Caribbee Islands; -- so called
because its presence indicates to mariners their
approach to these islands. --Crabb.
(b) The black-bellied plover. [Local, U.S.]

Pilot boat, a strong, fast-sailing boat used to carry and
receive pilots as they board and leave vessels.

Pilot bread, ship biscuit.

Pilot cloth, a coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats.

Pilot engine, a locomotive going in advance of a train to
make sure that the way is clear.

Pilot fish. (Zo["o]l)
(a) A pelagic carangoid fish (Naucrates ductor); -- so
named because it is often seen in company with a
shark, swimming near a ship, on account of which
sailors imagine that it acts as a pilot to the shark.
(b) The rudder fish (Seriola zonata).

Pilot jack, a flag or signal hoisted by a vessel for a

Pilot jacket, a pea jacket.

Pilot nut (Bridge Building), a conical nut applied
temporarily to the threaded end of a pin, to protect the
thread and guide the pin when it is driven into a hole.

Pilot snake (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A large North American snake (Coluber obsoleus). It
is lustrous black, with white edges to some of the
scales. Called also mountain black snake.
(b) The pine snake.

Pilot whale. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Blackfish, 1.

Pi"lot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piloted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Piloting.] [Cf. F. piloter.]
1. To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is

2. Figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or
difficulties. ``The art of piloting a state.'' --Berkeley.

Synonyms: airplane pilot, archetype, aviate, buffer, cowcatcher, fender, fly, navigate, original, pilot burner, pilot film, pilot light, pilot program

See Also: aeronaut, airman, astrogate, aviator, balloon, barnstormer, captain, channelise, channelize, combat pilot, control, copilot, direct, engine, example, flat-hat, flier, fly blind, fly contact, flyer, frame, framework, framing, gas burner, gas jet, glide, gob, guide, hang glide, head, hedgehop, hydroplane, Jack, Jack-tar, jet, kamikaze, locomotive, locomotive engine, maneuver, manoeuvre, mariner, model, old salt, operate, point, railway locomotive, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, seaplane, senior pilot, soar, solo, steer, stunt flier, stunt pilot, tar, television program, television show, test fly, test pilot, TV program, TV show, wing, wingman

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