American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small jet of gas that is kept burning in order to ignite a gas burner, as in a stove. Also called pilot burner.
- n. See pilot lamp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very small gaslight kept burning beside a large burner, so that when the flow through the main burner is turned on it will be automatically lighted by the pilot-light. It is usually protected by a shield from being accidentally blown out. See by-pass.
- n. A lamp placed on a dynamo to show that it is working properly.
- n. A small burner burning continuously, used in motor-car practice to ignite the main burner when the demand for power exceeds the supply of energy stored in the generator from a previous ignition.
- n. A small, persistent flame used to ignite gas.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a small gas flame kept burning continuously on a stove, water heater, or other gas-burning device, so as to allow immediate ignition of the main flame when the gas flow is turned on.
- n. indicator consisting of a light to indicate whether power is on or a motor is in operation
- n. small auxiliary gas burner that provides a flame to ignite a larger gas burner
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