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Definition of Pilot

  • One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman.
  • Specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees.
  • Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course.
  • An instrument for detecting the compass error.
  • The cowcatcher of a locomotive.
  • One who flies, or is qualified to fly, an airplane, balloon, or other flying machine.
  • A short plug at the end of a counterbore to guide the tool. Pilots are sometimes made interchangeable.
  • The heading or excavation of relatively small dimensions, first made in the driving of a larger tunnel.
  • a filmed or taped episode of a proposed television series, produced as an example of the series. It may be shown only to those television broadcast executives who may decide whether to buy the rights to the series, or aired to test viewer reaction or to interest sponsors. Also called pilot film or pilot tape.
  • To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous.
  • Figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties.
  • To fly, or act as pilot of (an aircraft); to operate (an airplane).
  • an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
  • small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
  • something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
  • a program exemplifying a contemplated series; intended to attract sponsors
  • someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
  • a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
  • act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
  • operate an airplane

How to use pilot in a sentence. Pilot pronunciation.

Chapter 48 Sugar and Postage ONE day, on the street, I encountered the man whom, of all men, I most wished to see-Horace Bixby; formerly pilot under me-or rather, over me-now captain of the great steamer 'City of Baton Rouge,' the latest and swiftest addition to the Anchor Line.
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I learned that a pilot whom I used to steer for is become a spiritualist, and for more than fifteen years has been receiving a letter every week from a deceased relative, through a New York spiritualist medium named Manchester-postage graduated by distance: from the local post-office in Paradise to New York, five dollars; from New York to St. Louis, three cents.
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Chapter 49 Episodes in Pilot Life IN the course of the tug-boat gossip, it came out that out of every five of my former friends who had quitted the river, four had chosen farming as an occupation.
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No, he put the farm into the hands of an agricultural expert to be worked on shares-out of every three loads of corn the expert to have two and the pilot the third.
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But at the end of the season the pilot received no corn.
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Some of the pilots whom I had known had had adventures-the outcome fortunate, sometimes, but not in all cases.
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Captain Montgomery, whom I had steered for when he was a pilot, commanded the Confederate fleet in the great battle before Memphis; when his vessel went down, he swam ashore, fought his way through a squad of soldiers, and made a gallant and narrow escape.
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One of the pilots whom I had known when I was on the river had died a very honorable death.
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The 'cub' pilot is early admonished to despise all perils connected with a pilot's calling, and to prefer any sort of death to the deep dishonor of deserting his post while there is any possibility of his being useful in it.
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And so effectively are these admonitions inculcated, that even young and but half-tried pilots can be depended upon to stick to the wheel, and die there when occasion requires.
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He had been urged to fly sooner, but had replied as became a pilot to reply- 'I will not go.
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There were two hundred persons on board, and no life was lost but the pilot's.
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I was told that one of my pilot friends fell dead at the wheel, from heart disease, in 1869.
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He saw the boat breaking for the shore; shouted, and got no answer; ran up, and found the pilot lying dead on the floor.
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Mr. Bixby had been blown up, in Madrid bend; was not injured, but the other pilot was lost.
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He is one of Bixby's pilots on the 'Baton Rouge' now. Into the life of a steamboat clerk, now dead, had dropped a bit of romance-somewhat grotesque romance, but romance nevertheless.
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He was very tall, well built, and handsome; and in his old age-as I remember him-his hair was as black as an Indian's, and his eye and hand were as strong and steady and his nerve and judgment as firm and clear as anybody's, young or old, among the fraternity of pilots.
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He was the patriarch of the craft; he had been a keelboat pilot before the day of steamboats; and a steamboat pilot before any other steamboat pilot, still surviving at the time I speak of, had ever turned a wheel.
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Whenever Captain Sellers approached a body of gossiping pilots, a chill fell there, and talking ceased.
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For this reason: whenever six pilots were gathered together, there would always be one or two newly fledged ones in the lot, and the elder ones would be always 'showing off' before these poor fellows; making them sorrowfully feel how callow they were, how recent their nobility, and how humble their degree, by talking largely and vaporously of old-time experiences on the river; always making it a point to date everything back as far as they could, so as to make the new men feel their newness to the sharpest degree possible, and envy the old stagers in the like degree.
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Examples of Pilot

Example #1
The same slender figure, the same tight curls, the same springy step, the same alertness, the same decision of eye and answering decision of hand, the same erect military bearing; not an inch gained or lost in girth, not an ounce gained or lost in weight, not a hair turned.
Example #2
It is a curious thing, to leave a man thirty-five years old, and come back at the end of twenty-one years and find him still only thirty-five.
Example #3
There were several old steamboatmen along, and I learned from them a great deal of what had been happening to my former river friends during my long absence.
Example #4
I remember Mr. Manchester very well.
Example #5
Of course this was not because they were peculiarly gifted, agriculturally, and thus more likely to succeed as farmers than in other industries: the reason for their choice must be traced to some other source.
Example #6
Doubtless they chose farming because that life is private and secluded from irruptions of undesirable strangers-like the pilot- house hermitage.