Definitions of pilot

  1. To fly, or act as pilot of ( an aircraft).
  2. To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous.
  3. Figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties.
  4. To direct the course of, as a vessel or airship; to steer; to guide through difficulties.
  5. To conduct as a pilot.
  6. To guide as a pilot.
  7. To direct the course of, as a ship where navigation is dangerous; to guide through dangers.
  8. To steer; to guide or direct, as a pilot; to guide through dangers and difficulties.
  9. someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
  10. small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
  11. a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
  12. a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
  13. 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?"
  14. A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See Fly wheel ( below).
  15. One who flies, or is qualified to fly, a balloon, an airship, or a flying machine.
  16. A short plug at the end of a counterbore to guide the tool. Pilots are sometimes made interchangeable.
  17. The heading or excavation of relatively small dimensions, first made in the driving of a larger tunnel.
  18. One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman.
  19. 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.
  20. Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course.
  21. An instrument for detecting the compass error.
  22. The cowcatcher of a locomotive.
  23. One who steers a vessel; one licensed to conduct a vessel in or out of a port or in waters where sailing is difficult or dangerous; one qualified to fly a balloon, airship, or flying machine; the cowcatcher of a locomotive; a guide; a mechanical regulating device.
  24. One who conducts ships in and out of a harbor, along a dangerous coast, etc.: a guide.
  25. One who guides. esp. a ship.
  26. One who conducts vessels in and out of port.
  27. A steersman; one who steers, specially one qualified to steer ships where the navigation is difficult, as along a coast or into a harbour; a guide; a director of one's course.