Pilot balloon, a small balloon sent up in advance of a large one, to show the direction and force of the wind.Pilot bird. (Zoöl.) (a) A bird found near the Caribbee Islands; — so called because its presence indicates to mariners their approach to these islands. Crabb. (b) The black- bellied plover. [Local, U.S.] — Pilot boat, a strong, fast-sailing boat used to carry and receive pilots as they board

(Pil"low) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pillowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pillowing.] To rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head.

Pillows his chin upon an orient wave.

(Pil"low*case`) n. A removable case or covering for a pillow, usually of white linen or cotton cloth.

(Pil"lowed) a. Provided with a pillow or pillows; having the head resting on, or as on, a pillow.

Pillowedon buckler cold and hard.
Sir W. Scott.

(Pil"low*y) a. Like a pillow. Keats.

(Pill"-wil`let) n. [So named from its note.] (Zoöl.) The willet.

(Pill"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) Any myriapod of the genus Iulus and allied genera which rolls up spirally; a galleyworm. See Illust. under Myriapod.

(Pill"wort`) n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Pilularia; minute aquatic cryptograms, with small pill-shaped fruit; — sometimes called peppergrass.

(Pi`lo*car"pine) n. [From NL. Pilocarpus pennatifolius jaborandi; L. pilus hair + Gr. karpo`s fruit: cf. F. pilocarpine.] (Chem.) An alkaloid extracted from jaborandi (Pilocarpus pennatifolius) as a white amorphous or crystalline substance which has a peculiar effect on the vasomotor system.

(Pi*lose") a. [L. pilosus, fr. pilus hair. See Pile.]

1. Hairy; full of, or made of, hair.

The heat-retaining property of the pilose covering.

2. (Zoöl.) Clothed thickly with pile or soft down.

3. (Bot.) Covered with long, slender hairs; resembling long hairs; hairy; as, pilose pubescence.

(Pi*los"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. pilosité.] The quality or state of being pilose; hairiness. Bacon.

(Pi"lot) n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]

1. (Naut.) One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman. Dryden.

2. Specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees.

3. Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course.

4. An instrument for detecting the compass error.

5. The cowcatcher of a locomotive. [U.S.]

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