pilot light


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pilot light

1. a small auxiliary flame that ignites the main burner of a gas appliance when the control valve opens
2. a small electric light used as an indicator

pilot light

[′pī·lət ‚līt]
(electricity)
(engineering)
A small, constantly burning flame used to ignite a gas burner.

pilot light

1. A light which is associated with and indicative of the operation of a circuit, control, or device.
2. A small flame (which burns constantly) used to ignite the burner in a gas appliance.
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The Springfield Falcons' veterans had their pilot lights roaring in a 4-2 victory over the Sharks last night.
I'm glad to keep the pilot light burning for a year or two yet.
Pilot lights are somewhat obsolete, having been replaced by electronic ignitions over the years, according to Bruce Engeman, a supervisor at R & D propane in Goshen.
A British Gas spokesman said: "Our operators involved in the meter exchange scheme try once to ignite the pilot light and in most cases that's all that is needed.
The electric Booster water heaters feature a stainless steel front, a silver-gray hammertone body, a black base, six-inch (152-millimeter) legs, a pilot light, and an on/off switch.
Three men were taken to hospital with burns after they set off 36 cockroach fumigation devices known as bombs - generally aerosol cans filled with chemicals - which exploded after their contents came into contact with an oven pilot light.
Available in either a natural gas or liquid propane model, the plaque-style, EN10 heater features a Piezo spark ignition system, which allows instant start-up without electricity, matches or batteries by simply pressing the pilot light for worry-free operation in case of power outages.
Each module conforms to the requirements of the test method and has integral ignition source, electric pilot light and dipping mechanism.
Tankless heaters are available with standing pilot lights or an electronic pilot light ignition.
The pilot light flame surrounds a pilot generator and/or thermocouple--a metal tube made from dissimilar metals that, when heated, creates DC electricity.
These vapors, combined with gasoline and ignited by the pilot light on a hot water heater, caused the fire and subsequent explosion and collapse that led to the firefighters' deaths and injured many others.
They never go wrong in warm weather, but no sooner do icicles hang by the wall, and Dick the shepherd blows his nail, than the pilot light goes out.