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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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 Meacham wrote that smoke filled the cockpit and flames swallowed the wings. Rachel Siegel,, "'I thought I was done': George H.W. Bush faced death at 20 during WWII," 24 Apr. 2018 Information relevant to the flight at any particular time is presented on touchscreens in the cockpit and as images projected within the pilot’s helmet. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 Both of the former employees who filed suit were hired as Caporella’s co-pilots and alleged the unwanted touching took place in the cockpit. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "CEO Behind LaCroix Brand Accused of Inappropriately Touching Airplane Pilots," 3 July 2018 Its vehicle doesn’t have the constraint of keeping a human driver safe, so the design team—led by Daniel Simon, known for his work on Tron: Legacy—dropped the cockpit and whittled away the central spine of the vehicle. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "A Racing Robocar Takes On England's Swankiest Track," 7 July 2018 Based on his conversations with others, one instructor said Thursday that up to 11 pilots have refused to fly since Monday, including some avoiding getting in the cockpit for weeks. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Commander halted Randolph training flights over pilots’ concerns," 28 June 2018 The cockpit is designed to provide the driver with an enhanced field of vision and maximum control of the digital display systems in the cabin. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New futuristic Israeli 'dune-buggy' is bristling with weapons, ready for combat," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cockpit

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cockpit was in 1585

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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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