Associations to the word «Pilot»


PILOT, noun. A person who steers a ship, a helmsman.
PILOT, noun. 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.
PILOT, noun. An instrument for detecting the compass error.
PILOT, noun. (AU) (road transport) (informal) A pilot vehicle.
PILOT, noun. (AU) (road transport) A person authorised to drive such a vehicle during an escort.
PILOT, noun. A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.
PILOT, noun. Something serving as a test or trial.
PILOT, noun. (mining) The heading or excavation of relatively small dimensions, first made in the driving of a larger tunnel.
PILOT, noun. A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
PILOT, noun. A sample episode of a proposed TV series
PILOT, noun. (rail transport) A cowcatcher.
PILOT, noun. A pilot light.
PILOT, noun. One who flies a kite.
PILOT, noun. A short plug, sometimes made interchangeable, at the end of a counterbore to guide the tool.
PILOT, adjective. Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
PILOT, adjective. Used to control or activate another device. (pilot light)
PILOT, adjective. A vehicle to warn other road users of the presence of an oversize vehicle/combination. (pilot vehicle)
PILOT, adjective. Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")
PILOT, verb. (transitive) To control (an aircraft or watercraft).
PILOT, verb. (transitive) To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.
PILOT, verb. (transitive) To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc.)
PILOT BALLOON, noun. (meteorology) A small unmanned balloon whose ascent is followed by a theodolite to obtain data for the computation of the speed and direction of winds in the upper air.
PILOT BALLOON OBSERVATION, noun. (meteorology) A method of winds-aloft observation, temperature, and relative humidity of the upper that is, the determination of wind speeds and air and to automatically transmit that directions in the atmosphere above a station. This is done by reading the elevation and azimuth angles of a theodolite (instrument) observation while visually tracking a pilot balloon. The ascension rate of the balloon is approximately determined by careful inflation to a given total lift. After release from the ground, periodic readings (usually at one-minute intervals) of elevation and azimuth angles of the balloon are recorded. These data are transferred to a winds-aloft plotting board, and wind speed and direction at selected levels are calculated by trigonometric methods.
PILOT BALLOONS, noun. Plural of pilot balloon
PILOT BOAT, noun. A kind of boat used to transport pilots between land and the inbound or outbound ships that they are piloting.
PILOT BREAD, noun. Hardtack
PILOT CLOTH, noun. A coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats.
PILOT ENGINE, noun. A locomotive going in advance of a train to make sure that the way is clear.
PILOT FISH, noun. A marine fish, Naucrates ductor, that often follows large vessels and sharks.
PILOT HOLE, noun. A narrow hole drilled or punched into a surface, to facilitate the insertion of a wider screw, nail, drill bit, or other boring tool.
PILOT JACKET, noun. Pea coat
PILOT LAMP, noun. Pilot light
PILOT LAMPS, noun. Plural of pilot lamp
PILOT LIGHT, noun. A small, persistent flame used to ignite gas.
PILOT LIGHT, noun. A small telltale lamp on a dynamo or battery circuit whose brightness indicates the voltage of the current.
PILOT LIGHTS, noun. Plural of pilot light
PILOT NUT, noun. (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 OFFICER, noun. The lowest rank of a commissioned officer in the RAF, equivalent to an Army ensign or coronet
PILOT PLANT, noun. A small-scale chemical engineering facility designed to research the full-scale production of a product.
PILOT PROJECT, noun. An initial prototype where minor and major glitches have not been addressed.
PILOT SNAKE, noun. Agkistrodon contortrix, the copperhead, a venomous viper found in the United States.
PILOT SNAKE, noun. Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus, the northern pine snake, a harmless colubrid found in North America.
PILOT VALVE, noun. A small hand-operated valve to let in liquid to operate a valve that is difficult to turn by hand.
PILOT VALVES, noun. Plural of pilot valve
PILOT VEHICLE, noun. (AU) (road transport) A vehicle used to warn other road users of the presence of an oversized vehicle/combination
PILOT WHALE, noun. Either of two species of whale in the genus Globicephala, dark grey in colour.
PILOT WHALES, noun. Plural of pilot whale
PILOT WHEEL, noun. A wheel, usually with radial handles projecting from the rim, for traversing the saddle of a machine tool, especially an automatic machine tool, by hand.
PILOT WHEELS, noun. Plural of pilot wheel

Dictionary definition

PILOT, noun. Someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight.
PILOT, noun. A person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor.
PILOT, noun. A program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors.
PILOT, noun. Something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies; "this painting is a copy of the original".
PILOT, noun. Small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner.
PILOT, noun. An inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track.
PILOT, verb. Operate an airplane; "The pilot flew to Cuba".
PILOT, verb. Act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, 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?".

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