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pilot

pi·lot

pilot

 
 
pronunciation:
paI lt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the operator of an aircraft.
 
synonyms:
airman, aviator, aviatrix
similar words:
aeronaut, copilot, flier
definition 2: someone who leads or shows the way; guide.
synonyms:
captain, conductor, guide, leader
similar words:
bellwether, cicerone
definition 3: one who guides a ship into or out of a harbor, or through otherwise difficult waters.
synonyms:
skipper
similar words:
captain, master
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: piloted, piloting, pilots
definition 1: to operate (an aircraft) or steer (a ship).
synonyms:
fly, steer
similar words:
captain, direct, drive, navigate, operate, sail, work
definition 2: to show the way to; guide; conduct.
synonyms:
conduct, direct, guide, lead
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part of speech: adjective
definition: serving as a test case or experiment.
a pilot study
synonyms:
trial
similar words:
conjectural, exploratory, hypothetical, probative, speculative, tentative, theoretical
derivation: pilotless (adj.)
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