1. [ adjective ] of the nature of or undergoing an experiment
Synonyms: test experimental trial model

"an experimental drug" "a pilot project" "a test run" "a trial separation"

Related terms: empirical
2. [ noun ] (work) someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
Synonyms: airplane_pilot
Related terms: aviator wingman combat_pilot copilot barnstormer test_pilot captain kamikaze fighter_pilot fly
3. [ verb ] (transportation) act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
Synonyms: navigate

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

Related terms: steer astrogate navigation pilotage navigator
4. [ verb ] (transportation) fly a plane
Synonyms: fly aviate
Related terms: operate hang_glide solo hedgehop balloon hydroplane fly_contact fly_blind test_fly jet glide air_travel fly fly fly flight navigation aviator pilotage aviation airmanship fly
5. [ noun ] small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
Synonyms: pilot_light pilot_burner
Related terms: gas_burner
6. [ noun ] (nautical,work) a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
Related terms: mariner navigate
7. [ noun ] an original model on which something is patterned
Synonyms: original archetype
Related terms: model
8. [ noun ] (television,performing arts) a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
Synonyms: pilot_film pilot_program
Related terms: television_program
9. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19000
10. [ noun ] an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
Synonyms: buffer cowcatcher fender
Related terms: framework locomotive
Similar spelling:   Pillot