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Meaning of “pilot” in the English Dictionary

"pilot" in British English

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pilotnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪ.lət/
  • 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 ​detailedknowledge 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 ​televisionseries and ​test how ​popular it is: If you'd ​seen the pilot, you'd ​know why they ​decided not to make a ​completeseries of ​programmes!
  • pilot noun [C] (FLAME)

(also pilot light) a ​smallflame that ​burns all the ​time in a ​gasdevice, such as a ​cooker or a ​device for ​heatingwater, and that ​starts the ​mainflameburning when the ​gas is ​turned on

pilotadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪ.lət/
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 ​televisionservice.

pilotverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪ.lət/
  • pilot verb [T] (AIRCRAFT)

to ​fly an ​aircraft: She piloted the ​aircraft to ​safety after one of the ​enginesfailed.
  • pilot verb [T] (TEST)

to ​test a new ​product before it is ​sold: We shall pilot several new ​cosmeticproducts toselectedpotentialpurchasers.
  • pilot verb [T] (SHIP)

to ​direct a ​ship into a ​port or through an ​area of ​water
(Definition of pilot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pilot" in American English

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pilotnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
  • pilot noun [C] (PERSON)

a ​person who ​flies an ​aircraft, or someone who ​directs a ​shipsafely through an ​area of ​water: an ​airline pilot a ​harbor pilot
pilot
verb [T]  us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
He piloted the ​ship through the ​busyharbor.

pilotadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
(of a ​plan, ​product, or ​system) done as a ​test before ​introducing it: From the pilot ​episode, this ​looks to be one of the ​best new ​shows we’ll ​see this ​fall.
pilot
verb [T]  us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
Our ​district is piloting a day-care ​program.
(Definition of pilot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pilot" in Business English

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pilotnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪlət/
TRANSPORT a ​person who ​fliesaircraft: He became a commercialairline pilot after ​leaving the airforce. He ​earned his pilot's ​licence in the US.
MARKETING a ​television or radio ​programme that is made to ​test how popular it is with an ​audience in ​order to decide whether to make a new ​series: They ​commissioned a pilot to ​testaudiencereactions.
COMMERCE, MARKETING a ​test done by a ​business over a ​shortperiod to see if a particular ​product, ​service, etc. is ​worthinvesting in: Assuming the pilot is ​successful, there are ​plans to ​build a further two ​factories by the end of next ​year.
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pilotverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪlət/
TRANSPORT to ​fly an ​aircraft: She pilots ​planes for the US Postal Service.
MARKETING to ​test a new ​idea for a ​product, ​service, etc. over a ​shortperiod to see whether it is ​worthdeveloping and ​investing in: The ​scheme is being piloted by a few ​councils with a view to ​extending it ​nationwide.
GOVERNMENT, WORKPLACE to be ​responsible for making sure something develops or goes through a ​process without problems: pilot sth through sth Two congressmen, one ​Democrat and one ​Republican, piloted the ​bill through the ​House.

pilotadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪlət/ MARKETING
a pilot ​product, ​programme, ​project, etc. is something that is ​tested first over a ​shortperiod to see whether it is ​worthdeveloping and ​investing in: pilot programme/scheme/study The pilot ​scheme proved that ​CCTV was a ​cost-effective way of ​reducing inner-city ​crime. The pilot episode of the ​series had the biggest viewing ​numbers of the ​year.
(Definition of pilot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pilot”
in Korean 조종사…
in Arabic طَيّار…
in Malaysian juruterbang, malim…
in French pilote…
in Russian пилот, летчик…
in Chinese (Traditional) 航空器, 飛行員…
in Italian pilota…
in Turkish pilot…
in Polish pilot…
in Spanish piloto, práctico…
in Vietnamese phi công, hoa tiêu…
in Portuguese piloto…
in Thai นักบิน, คนนำร่อง…
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…
in Indonesian penerbang, pandu…
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