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PILOT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pilot mean? 

PILOT (noun)
  The noun PILOT has 6 senses:

1. someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
2. a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
3. a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
4. an original model on which something is patterned
5. small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
6. an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

  Familiarity information: PILOT used as a noun is common.


PILOT (verb)
  The verb PILOT has 2 senses:

1. fly a plane
2. act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance

  Familiarity information: PILOT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PILOT (noun)


Sense 1pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

airplane pilot; pilot

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

aeronaut; airman; aviator; flier; flyer (someone who operates an aircraft)

Domain category:

aircraft (a vehicle that can fly)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pilot"):

wingman (the pilot who positions his aircraft outside and behind (on the wing of) the leader of a flying formation)

test pilot (a pilot hired to fly experimental airplanes through maneuvers designed to test them)

kamikaze (a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash)

co-pilot; copilot (a relief pilot on an airplane)

combat pilot (airplane pilot who fights in an action between two military forces)

captain; senior pilot (the pilot in charge of an airship)

barnstormer; stunt flier; stunt pilot (a pilot who travels around the country giving exhibits of stunt flying and parachuting)


Sense 2pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

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

gob; Jack; Jack-tar; mariner; old salt; sea dog; seafarer; seaman; tar (a man who serves as a sailor)


Sense 3pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

pilot film; pilot program; pilot

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

television program; television show; TV program; TV show (a program broadcast by television)


Sense 4pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An original model on which something is patterned

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

archetype; original; pilot

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

example; model (a representative form or pattern)


Sense 5pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pilot light; pilot burner; pilot

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

gas burner; gas jet (burner such that combustible gas issues from a nozzle to form a steady flame)


Sense 6pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cowcatcher; buffer; fender; pilot

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

frame; framework; framing (a structure supporting or containing something)

Holonyms ("pilot" is a part of...):

engine; locomotive; locomotive engine; railway locomotive (a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks)


PILOT (verb)


Sense 1pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fly a plane

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

aviate; pilot; fly

Hypernyms (to "pilot" is one way to...):

control; operate (handle and cause to function)

"Pilot" entails doing...:

fly; wing (travel through the air; be airborne)

Domain category:

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

aircraft (a vehicle that can fly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pilot"):

flat-hat; hedgehop (fly very close to the ground)

balloon (ride in a hot-air balloon)

hydroplane; seaplane (glide on the water in a hydroplane)

glide (fly in or as if in a glider plane)

jet (fly a jet plane)

test fly (test a plane)

solo (fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers)

fly contact (fly a plane by using visible landmarks or points of reference)

fly blind (fly an airplane solely by relying on instruments)

hang glide; soar (fly by means of a hang glider)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2pilot [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

navigate; pilot

Context examples:

Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip? / Who was navigating the ship during the accident?

Hypernyms (to "pilot" is one way to...):

channelise; channelize; direct; guide; head; maneuver; manoeuver; manoeuvre; point; steer (direct the course; determine the direction of travelling)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pilot"):

astrogate (guide in interplanetary travel)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


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