Meaning of PILOT in English
/ ˈpaɪlət; NAmE / noun , verb , adjective
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
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
a single television programme that is made in order to find out whether people will like it and want to watch further programmes
= pilot light
■ verb [ vn ]
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.
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.
to test a new product, idea, etc. with a few people or in a small area before it is introduced everywhere
[ 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)
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. 2005