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pilot plant

  

      n   a small-scale industrial plant in which problems can be identified and solved before the full-scale plant is built  
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pilot  
      n  
1   
a    a person who is qualified to operate an aircraft or spacecraft in flight  
b    (as modifier)  
pilot error     
2   
a    a person who is qualified to steer or guide a ship into or out of a port, river mouth, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
a pilot ship     
3    a person who steers a ship  
4    a person who acts as a leader or guide  
5      (Machinery)   a guide, often consisting of a tongue or dowel, used to assist in joining two mating parts together  
6      (Machinery)   a plug gauge for measuring an internal diameter  
7      (Films)   a colour test strip accompanying black-and-white rushes from colour originals  
8    an experimental programme on radio or television  
9       See       pilot film  
10    modifier   used in or serving as a test or trial  
a pilot project     
11    modifier   serving as a guide  
a pilot beacon     
      vb   tr  
12    to act as pilot of  
13    to control the course of  
14    to guide or lead (a project, people, etc.)  
     (C16: from French pilote, from Medieval Latin pilotus, ultimately from Greek pedon oar; related to Greek pous foot)  


automatic pilot  
      n  
1      (Also called)    autopilot   a device that automatically maintains an aircraft on a preset course  
2    on automatic pilot  
Informal   acting without conscious thought because of tiredness, shock, or familiarity with the task being performed  
pilot balloon  
      n   a meteorological balloon used to observe air currents  
pilot bird  
      n   a warbler of forest floors in SE Australia, Pycnoptilus floccosus, named from its alleged habit of accompanying the superb lyrebird  
pilot biscuit  
      n      another term for       hardtack  
pilot cloth  
      n   a type of thick blue cloth used esp. to make sailor's coats  
pilot engine  
      n   a locomotive that leads one or more other locomotives at the head of a train of coaches or wagons  
pilot film  
      n   a film of short duration serving as a guide to a projected series  
pilot fish  
      n  
1    a small carangid fish, Naucrates ductor, of tropical and subtropical seas, marked with dark vertical bands: often accompanies sharks and other large fishes  
2    any of various similar or related fishes  
pilot house  
      n     (Nautical)   an enclosed structure on the bridge of a vessel from which it can be navigated; wheelhouse  
pilot lamp  
      n   a small light in an electric circuit or device that lights up when the circuit is closed or when certain conditions prevail  
pilot light  
      n  
1    a small auxiliary flame that ignites the main burner of a gas appliance when the control valve opens  
2    a small electric light used as an indicator  
pilot officer  
      n   the most junior commissioned rank in the British Royal Air Force and in certain other air forces  
pilot plant  
      n   a small-scale industrial plant in which problems can be identified and solved before the full-scale plant is built  
pilot study  
      n   a small-scale experiment or set of observations undertaken to decide how and whether to launch a full-scale project  
pilot whale  
      n   any of several black toothed whales of the genus Globicephala, such as G. melaena, that occur in all seas except polar seas: family Delphinidae,   (Also called)    black whale, blackfish  
sky pilot  
      n  
Slang   a chaplain in one of the military services  
test pilot  
      n   a pilot who flies aircraft of new design to test their performance in the air  

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pilot

  
1   
      n   airman, aviator, captain, conductor, coxswain, director, flyer, guide, helmsman, leader, navigator, steersman  
2   
      vb   conduct, control, direct, drive, fly, guide, handle, lead, manage, navigate, operate, shepherd, steer  
3   
      adj   experimental, model, test, trial  

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n.
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
n.
distributed control system; a control system for a process or plant, wherein control elements are distributed throughout the system
chemical plants, petrochemical (oil) and refineries, boiler controls and power plant systems, nuclear power plants, environmental control systems etc.
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
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