from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical The technique or act of piloting.
  • n. Nautical The fee paid to a pilot.
  • n. Aerial navigation by visual identification of landmarks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the use of landmarks to guide a vessel or aircraft to its destination
  • n. the occupation of a pilot
  • n. the fee paid to a pilot

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pilot's skill or knowledge, as of coasts, rocks, bars, and channels.
  • n. The compensation made or allowed to a pilot.
  • n. Guidance, as by a pilot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of piloting; direction of a pilot; guidance.
  • n. The employment or services of a pilot: as, incompetent pilotage.
  • n. 3. The knowledge of coasts, rocks, bars, and channels.
  • n. The fee or remuneration paid or payable to a pilot for his services.
  • n. The house in which a pilot lives; the office of the pilots of a port.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the occupation of a pilot
  • n. the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • But knowing the tides is crucial to coastal pilotage, and must have been part of the working knowledge of seamen.

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  • In times like these, this house must have a stronger pilotage than my weak hands afford; and he who steers the vessel must be chief of the crew.

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  • His youthful guide, who waited his return without, conducted him once more to his Khan, through by-paths which he could not have found out without pilotage.

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  • At an early age, Champlain learned the art of pilotage in the modern sense: the skill of sailing in coastal waters.

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