and leave vessels. Pilot bread, ship biscuit. Pilot cloth, a coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats.
Pilot engine, a locomotive going in advance of a train to make sure that the way is clear. Pilot
fish. (Zoöl) (a) A pelagic carangoid fish (Naucrates ductor); so named because it is often seen in
company with a shark, swimming near a ship, on account of which sailors imagine that it acts as a pilot
to the shark. (b) The rudder fish Pilot jack, a flag or signal hoisted by a vessel for a pilot.
Pilot jacket, a pea jacket. Pilot nut (Bridge Building), a conical nut applied temporarily to the
threaded end of a pin, to protect the thread and guide the pin when it is driven into a hole. Waddell.
Pilot snake (Zoöl.) (a) A large North American snake It is lustrous black, with white edges to some of
the scales. Called also mountain black snake. (b) The pine snake. Pilot whale. (Zoöl.) Same as
(Pi"lot), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piloted; p. pr. & vb. n. Piloting.] [Cf. F. piloter.]
1. To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous.
2. Figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties. "The art of piloting a state." Berkeley.
(Pi"lot*age) n. [Cf. F. pilotage.]
1. The pilot's skill or knowledge, as of coasts, rocks, bars, and channels. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh.
2. The compensation made or allowed to a pilot.
3. Guidance, as by a pilot. Sir W. Scott.
(Pi"lot*ism Pi"lot*ry) n. Pilotage; skill in the duties of a pilot. [R.]
(Pil"our) n. A piller; a plunderer. [Obs.]
(Pil"ous) a. See Pilose.
(Pil"ser) n. An insect that flies into a flame.
(Pil"u*lar) a. Of or pertaining to pills; resembling a pill or pills; as, a pilular mass.
(Pil"u*lous) a. [L. pilula a pill. See Pill.] Like a pill; small; insignificant. [R.] G. Eliot.
(Pil"we) n. A pillow. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Pi"ly) a. (Zoöl.) Like pile or wool.
(Pi*mar"ic) a. [NL. pinum maritima, an old name for P. Pinaster, a pine which yields galipot.]
(Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid found in galipot, and isomeric with abietic acid.
(Pi*mel"ic) a. (Chem.) (a) Pertaining to, or designating, a substance obtained from certain
fatty substances, and subsequently shown to be a mixture of suberic and adipic acids. (b) Designating
the acid proper (C5H10(CO2/H)2) which is obtained from camphoric acid.
(Pim"e*lite) n. (Min.) An apple-green mineral having a greasy feel. It is a hydrous silicate of
nickel, magnesia, aluminia, and iron.
(Pi"ment) n. [F. See Pimento.] Wine flavored with spice or honey. See Pigment, 3. [Obs.]
(Pi*men"ta) n. (Bot.) Same as Pimento.