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AUTOPILOT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does autopilot mean? 

AUTOPILOT (noun)
  The noun AUTOPILOT has 2 senses:

1. a cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness
2. a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course

  Familiarity information: AUTOPILOT used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


AUTOPILOT (noun)


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Meaning:

A cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

automatic pilot; autopilot

Context examples:

she went about her chores on automatic pilot / too much of the writing seems to have been done on automatic pilot / she talked and he dozed and my mind went on autopilot

Hypernyms ("autopilot" is a kind of...):

unconsciousness (a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment)


Sense 2autopilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

robot pilot; automatic pilot; autopilot

Hypernyms ("autopilot" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Meronyms (parts of "autopilot"):

inertial guidance system; inertial navigation system (a system to control a plane or spacecraft; uses inertial forces)


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