a small study, project etc which is carried out as a test to see if an idea, product etc will be successful:
a pilot scheme which could be extended to other areas
4AMTa television programme that is made in order to test whether people like it and would watch it:
a pilot for a new sitcom
➔automatic pilotWORD FOCUS: plane WORD FOCUS: plane similar words:airplanealsoaeroplaneBritish English, aircraft planes that carry people:passenger plane, airliner, jumbo a military plane:warplane, bomber, fighter people on a plane:pilot, co-pilot, captain, flight crew, cabin crew, passenger, flight attendant, steward, air hostess the place where a plane lands or takes off:runway, the tarmac, airport, aerodromeBrE old-fashionedplane ➔ See alsoplane
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.