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automatic pilot

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Definition of automatic pilot in English:

noun

A device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot.
Example sentences
  • Disengage the automatic pilot and contact the control tower for clearance.
  • The speed valves control the rate at which the automatic pilot reacts to bring the airplane back on its course.
  • After climbing out and disappearing from sight above the clouds, the pilot switched on the automatic pilot and sat back, the story goes.

Phrases

on automatic pilot

1
Out of routine or habit, without concentration or conscious thought: I leapt out of bed and dressed on automatic pilot
More example sentences
  • They often lead their private lives on automatic pilot, but many of them feel seriously deprived, because they don't have real emotional connections.
  • It is a sentence written by someone who is writing on automatic pilot, putting down the thoughts pretty much as they popped into her head, and not bothering to arrange them in a sensible order once they were set down on paper.
  • Having seen this quartet perform before, I was alarmed at how tired and bored the violinist looked, almost appearing as if he was playing this glorious first violin part on automatic pilot.

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