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n. Nautical
An enclosed area, usually on the bridge of a vessel, from which the vessel is controlled when under way. Also called wheelhouse.


(ˈpaɪ lətˌhaʊs)

n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
an enclosed structure on the deck of a ship from which it can be navigated. Also called wheelhouse.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pilothouse - an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
bridge deck, bridge - an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands
compartment - a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
conning tower - an armored pilothouse on a warship
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Three inch boards covered the pilothouse with loopholes cut for rifle fire.
The steel boat is designed for heavy-duty work, with an open deck for the nets to slide across, and a small pilothouse at the bow.
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Further enhancing your confidence at the helm, is a glass wraparound windshield that gives you the utility of a center console with much of the same protection of a pilothouse.
The owner was showing me around his new boat with great pride, and we ended up in the pilothouse, looking at the flat screen displays for the various systems and the navigation electronics.
When the ferry reached Maenggol Channel, notorious for fast currents, the captain was absent from the pilothouse, and a navigator and a helmsmen were in charge when it made a sharp turn, YTN TV said, citing investigators.
It had the pilothouse, which has been converted into another sleeping quarters, the radar room and the sonar room, one of which is now the exercise area.
Standard operating procedure ("SOP") required the captain and assistant captain to be in the pilothouse for the duration of the voyage.
The wheel was within the shield, but the pilothouse was raised two feet above the shield deck, which was covered with one-inch iron bars.
The pilothouse is equipped with shock mitigating seating that features integrated work stations for the crew.
She has a raised pilothouse with accommodation for 11 guests in a five stateroom layout including an on deck split-level master suite.