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pilot

noun [C] uk   /ˈpaɪ.lət/ us  

pilot noun [C] (AIRCRAFT)

A2 a person who flies an aircraft: a fighter/helicopter/bomber/airline pilot
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pilot noun [C] (SHIP)

a person with detailed knowledge of an area of water, such as that around a port, who goes onto a ship to direct it safely

pilot noun [C] (TEST)

a programme that is made to introduce a new radio or television series and test how popular it is: If you'd seen the pilot, you'd know why they decided not to make a complete series of programmes!

pilot noun [C] (FLAME)

( also pilot light) a small flame that burns all the time in a gas device, such as a cooker or a device for heating water, and that starts the main flame burning when the gas is turned on

pilot

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈpaɪ.lət/ us  
A pilot plan, product, or system is used to test how good something is before introducing it: If the pilot scheme is successful, many more homes will be offered the new television service.

pilot

verb uk   /ˈpaɪ.lət/ us  

pilot verb (AIRCRAFT)

[T] to fly an aircraft: She piloted the aircraft to safety after one of the engines failed.

pilot verb (TEST)

[T] to test a new product before it is sold: We shall pilot several new cosmetic products to selected potential purchasers.

pilot verb (INTRODUCE)

[T usually + adv/prep] mainly UK to be responsible for introducing a new law or system and making certain it is established: 20 years ago he piloted a bill through Parliament on working conditions.

pilot verb (SHIP)

[T] to direct a ship into a port or through an area of water
Translations of “pilot”
in Korean 조종사…
in Arabic طَيّار…
in French pilote…
in Turkish pilot…
in Italian pilota…
in Chinese (Traditional) 航空器, 飛行員…
in Russian пилот, летчик…
in Polish pilot…
in Spanish piloto, práctico…
in Portuguese piloto…
in German der/die Pilot(in), der/die Lotse(in)…
in Catalan pilot…
in Japanese パイロット…
in Chinese (Simplified) 飞行器, 飞行员…
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