Definition of cockpit
1a : a pit or enclosure for cockfightsb : 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
Recent Examples of cockpit from the Web
Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, with drivers in F-16 fighter jet cockpits racing hydroplanes powered by Vietnam-era Chinook helicopter engines, the regatta drew close to 100,000 spectators to this Indiana town of 13,000.
Airlines have resisted the effort as unnecessary after cockpit doors were hardened in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
At first, the United crew was thankful to the couple, inviting them to the cockpit for champagne.
Newgarden skidded a couple of hundred yards upside down and then was driven into the SAFER barrier with the top of the car making contact and its passenger vulnerable in an open cockpit.
The cockpit of a race car is one of the few places in professional sports where gender doesn't matter.
Santiago Borja Pilot Christiaan van Heijst takes a slightly different approach to photographing from the cockpit.
Riding the breeze Getting Shanklin into the 16-foot boat is a complex endeavor requiring a harness, a sling and several volunteers to operate a manual lift and steer him into a seat in the cockpit.
The good guys fly the Commodore spaceship that features an opening minifigure cockpit, two dual stud shooters, opening storage compartment and a minifigure-drop function.
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First Known Use of cockpit
COCKPIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cockpit for English Language Learners
: the area in a boat, airplane, etc., where the pilot or driver sits
COCKPIT Defined for Kids
Definition of cockpit for Students
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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