pilot-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: a test or prototype project

Commentary: PILOT[+project][+test][+program/+study/+experiment]

The network has produced six episodes for the pilot of their new situation comedy.
John received funding for his pilot study of butterfly migration routes.
Three pilot after-school programs got cancelled.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4

Sense Number 2: person who flies an aircraft

Commentary: PILOT[+person][+professional][+guide][+aircraft]

Bill was a fighter pilot in the navy.
The airline pilots are expected to go on strike next week.
Who is the pilot in command of this marketing campaign? (figurative)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: person who guides a large ship into port

Commentary: PILOT[+person][+professional][+guide][+ship]

This harbor requires that all large vessels use a local pilot to guide them into port.
We saw a pilot boat approaching our cruise ship.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: small auxiliary gas burner

Commentary: PILOT[+device][+burner][+auxiliary]

The pilot light went out again on our furnace.
He lit the pilot with a match.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: fender or cowcatcher on front of locomotive

Commentary: PILOT[+device][+fender][+locomotive]

The box was pushed aside and off the track by the locomotive's pilot.
That painting of a 19th-century train shows a large, decorative pilot on the front of the locomotive.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 6: a device to guide a tool or machine part

Commentary: PILOT[+device][+guide][+tool/+machine_part]

A pilot bit creates a small hole which can then guide a larger drill.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4