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  1. A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
  2. A person who steers a ship, a helmsman
  3. (nautical) A person who knows well the depths and currents of a harbor or coastal area, who is hired by a vessel to help navigate the harbor or coast.
  4. A sample episode of a proposed TV series
  • Dutch: loods
  • French: pilote
  • German: Lotse
  • Italian: pilota
  • Spanish: piloto
  1. Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
  2. Used to control or activate another device. (pilot light)
  3. Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")
    Etymology: From Italian piloto, from Old Italian pedota, from Medieval (pÄdÅtÄs) "helmsman, steersman", from Ancient Greek (pÄdon) "blade of an oar, oar";layout.refembed=2;layout.refwordcount=1;layout.refdoc=Perseus3Atext3A1999.04.0057;layout.reflookup=phdo2Fn;layout.refcit=entry3Dphda2Flion;doc=Perseus3Atext3A1999.04.00573Aentry3D2382908 , hence also Ancient Greek, Ancient and Modern Greek (pÄdalion), "rudder"

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