pilot

A pilot is something that serves as a model or basis for others of its kind. If you've been asked to write a pilot episode of a new TV program, that's like a test program, produced to determine viewer interest before investing in making the whole season.

Pilot comes from the Greek pēdon meaning "oar." Like an oar that steers a ship, a pilot steers or directs a plane. To pilot a plane is to fly it, and to pilot a boat is to navigate it out of a harbor. We also use pilot for test programs that help guide the course of a larger project. A school might launch a pilot breakfast program for a few students before introducing it to the whole school.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: pilot

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someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
operate an airplane
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small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
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something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
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an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: pilot
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n someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight

Synonyms:
airplane pilot
Examples:
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
the most decorated United States combat pilot in World War I (1890-1973)
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barnstormer, stunt flier, stunt pilot
a pilot who travels around the country giving exhibits of stunt flying and parachuting
captain, senior pilot
the pilot in charge of an airship
combat pilot
airplane pilot who fights in an action between two military forces
co-pilot, copilot
a relief pilot on an airplane
kamikaze
a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash
test pilot
a pilot hired to fly experimental airplanes through maneuvers designed to test them
wingman
the pilot who positions his aircraft outside and behind (on the wing of) the leader of a flying formation
fighter pilot
a military or naval pilot of fighter planes
group captain
a commissioned officer (especially one in the Royal Air Force) equivalent in rank to a colonel in the army
strafer
a combat pilot who strafes the enemy
Type of:
aeronaut, airman, aviator, flier, flyer
someone who operates an aircraft

n a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor

Type of:
Jack, Jack-tar, gob, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, tar
a man who serves as a sailor

v operate an airplane

Synonyms:
aviate, fly
fly
transport by aeroplane
fly
travel in an airplane
fly
travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft
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fly blind
fly an airplane solely by relying on instruments
fly contact
fly a plane by using visible landmarks or points of reference
solo
fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers
test fly
test a plane
jet
fly a jet plane
glide
fly in or as if in a glider plane
hydroplane, seaplane
glide on the water in a hydroplane
balloon
ride in a hot-air balloon
flat-hat, hedgehop
fly very close to the ground
hang glide, soar
fly by means of a hang glider
kite
soar or fly like a kite
sailplane, soar
fly a plane without an engine
Type of:
control, operate
handle and cause to function

v act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance

Synonyms:
navigate
Types:
astrogate
guide in interplanetary travel
Type of:
channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
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n small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner

Synonyms:
pilot burner, pilot light
Type of:
gas burner, gas jet
burner such that combustible gas issues from a nozzle to form a steady flame
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n something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

Synonyms:
archetype, original
Type of:
example, model
a representative form or pattern

n a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors

Synonyms:
pilot film, pilot program
Type of:
TV program, TV show, television program, television show
a program broadcast by television
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n an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

Synonyms:
buffer, cowcatcher, fender
Type of:
framework
a structure supporting or containing something
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