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Noun
A person with expert local knowledge qualified to take charge of a ship entering or leaving a harbour
“Eusi noted that the pilot had shut his ship almost completely down.”
Noun
A person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft
“The vectoring controls can be operated manually by the pilot or automatically by the flight control system.”
Noun
A television or radio programme made to test audience reaction with a view to the production of a series
“This looked like a pilot for a series, but none materialised - at least, not under this title.”
Adjective
Done as an experiment or test before being introduced more widely
“That has been the experience of the pilot sites, of duty prosecutors in stations, that the quality of the cases improves, and that those cases that start will finish in the way that they should.”
Verb
Guide or steer
“Larry, we're going to pilot that long-term solution in Jackson, Mississippi, by the end of the month.”
Verb
To operate or control the course of
“Merlin didn't think twice about her ability to pilot the ship and turned his attention to a navigational scanner.”
Verb
To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc)
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