Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

automatic pilot

noun
     
Related topics: Air
automatic pilot [uncountable and countable]
1TTA a machine that flies a plane by itself without the need for a pilot
2

be on automatic pilot

to do something without thinking about it, especially because you have done it many times before:
Moving on automatic pilot, she tidied the room.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary