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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ˈau•toˌmat•ic ˈpi•lot, n. [countable]
Aeronauticsan electronic control system that automatically keeps an aircraft, ship, spacecraft, etc., on course.Also called autopilot.
IdiomsWordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Idiomson automatic pilot, being operated or controlled by or as if by an automatic device;
Aeronauticsan airborne electronic control system that automatically maintains a preset heading and attitude. Also called automatic, autopilot, gyropilot, robot.
Idiomson automatic pilot, functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
automatic pilot n
- Also called: autopilot a device that automatically maintains an aircraft on a preset course
- on automatic pilot ⇒ informal acting without conscious thought because of tiredness, shock, or familiarity with the task being performed
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