Webster 1913 Edition
One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman.
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.
Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course.
An instrument for detecting the compass error.
The cowcatcher of a locomotive.
a small balloon sent up in advance of a large one, to show the direction and force of the wind.–
A bird found near the Caribbee Islands; – so called because its presence indicates to mariners their approach to these islands.
The black-bellied plover.
a strong, fast-sailing boat used to carry and receive pilots as they board and leave vessels.–
a coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats.–
a locomotive going in advance of a train to make sure that the way is clear.–
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
The rudder fish (–
a flag or signal hoisted by a vessel for a pilot.–
a pea jacket.–
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.
A large North American snake (
Coluber obsoleus). It is lustrous black, with white edges to some of the scales. Called also
mountain black snake.
The pine snake.–
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous.
Figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties.“The art of piloting a state.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.One who steers a ship in a dangerous navigation, or rather one whose office or occupation is to steer ships, particularly along a coast, or into and out of a harbor, bay or river, where navigation is dangerous.
2.A guide; a director of the course of another person. [In colloquial use.]