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English definition of “pilot”

pilot

noun [C] uk   /ˈpaɪ.lət/ us  

pilot noun [C] (AIRCRAFT)

A2 a person who flies an aircraft: a fighter/helicopter/bomber/airline pilot

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  
describes a plan, product, or system that 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
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