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PILOT

[pī′lət]
a computer interpreter language, similar to BASIC, used in computer-assisted instruction.

pilot

noun A study that is shorter in duration with a smaller cohort, which is used to test a theory, design, process or product, before committing resources to a full fledged study. Also called feasibility study, pilot experiment, pilot study, “quick and dirty study”.
 
verb To try or test drive a thing or process, as in to pilot GP commissioning.
References in classic literature ?
He piloted Helen to a corner which was supplied with two arm-chairs, and thus enjoyed the advantage of semi-privacy.
Coming toward him down the meadow was an aeroplane piloted by the black Usanga and in the seat behind the pilot was the white girl, Bertha Kircher.
The young officer piloted them across to the other side.