cock·​pit | \ˈkäk-ˌpit \

Definition of cockpit 

1a : a pit or enclosure for cockfights

b : a place noted for especially bloody, violent, or long-continued conflict

2 obsolete : the pit of a theater

3 : a compartment in a sailing warship used as quarters for junior officers and for treatment of the wounded in an engagement

4 : a space or compartment in a usually small vehicle (such as a boat, airplane, or automobile) from which it is steered, piloted, or driven — see airplane illustration

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The plane was flying at 32,000 feet to the Tibetan capital Lhasa from the western city of Chongqing on Monday when its front right windshield became detached, exposing the cockpit to the freezing, low-pressure atmosphere outside. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China Investigating How Cockpit Windshield Blew Out of Sichuan Airlines Flight," 15 May 2018 The propeller is spring loaded and can be raised from the cockpit, making shore landings drama-free. Outside Online, "The Best Pedal-Powered Boats of 2018," 15 May 2018 The thrum of road noise and spasms of wind, as well as the recurring scenery, kept the cockpit of the Cruze compact sedan as insulated as slumber. Robert Duffer,, "Review: 2017 Chevy Cruze puts diesel back on track with great highway fuel economy," 2 May 2017 American's maintenance team is evaluating the Airbus A319, which needs repairs to its nose, windshield panels and a cockpit side window, a spokesman said. Author: Sara Coello, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Scariest flight of my life’: Hail smashes nose of jet that flew into storm," 6 June 2018 Inside the cockpit, pilot Tammie Jo Shults calmly communicated the severity of the situation. Washington Post, "A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380," 18 Apr. 2018 For shots inside the cockpit, the creative team used two-seat planes. Tim Grierson, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Incredibly Special Effects Awards," 26 Feb. 2018 Unlike the old version, which was basically a quadcopter with a seat, this new version of Flyer features a complete cockpit and ten small rotors to keep the craft aloft. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Newest Design From Larry Page's Flying Car Company," 6 June 2018 But the Saturn 5 was healthy and an alert flight controller, recalling a similar electrical glitch during training, had the crew change a switch setting in the cockpit and the displays returned to normal. William Harwood, CBS News, "Alan Bean, astronaut who walked on the moon, dies at 86," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of cockpit

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of cockpit

: the area in a boat, airplane, etc., where the pilot or driver sits


cock·​pit | \ˈkäk-ˌpit \

Kids Definition of cockpit

1 : an open space in the deck from which a small boat (as a yacht) is steered

2 : a space in an airplane for the pilot

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