Meaning of PILOT in English

PILOT

/ ˈpaɪlət; NAmE / noun , verb , adjective

■ noun

1.

a person who operates the controls of an aircraft, especially as a job :

an airline pilot

a fighter pilot

The accident was caused by pilot error.

—see also automatic pilot , autopilot , co-pilot , test pilot

2.

a person with special knowledge of a difficult area of water, for example, the entrance to a harbour , whose job is to guide ships through it

3.

a single television programme that is made in order to find out whether people will like it and want to watch further programmes

4.

= pilot light

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

to fly an aircraft or guide a ship; to act as a pilot :

The plane was piloted by the instructor.

The captain piloted the boat into a mooring.

2.

pilot sth (through sth) to guide sb/sth somewhere, especially through a complicated place or system :

She piloted a bill on the rights of part-time workers through parliament.

3.

to test a new product, idea, etc. with a few people or in a small area before it is introduced everywhere

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] done on a small scale in order to see if sth is successful enough to do on a large scale :

a pilot project / study / survey

a pilot episode (= of a radio or television series)

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WORD ORIGIN

early 16th cent. (denoting a person who steers a ship): from French pilote , from medieval Latin pilotus , an alteration of pedota , based on Greek pēdon oar, (plural) rudder.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.