cockpit

noun

cock·​pit ˈkäk-ˌpit How to pronounce cockpit (audio)
1
a
: 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

Examples of cockpit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The slender, needle-nosed aircraft is 99.7 feet long and 29.5 feet wide, looking like an elegant, futuristic fighter jet, with the cockpit about halfway back along the fuselage. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 8 May 2024 Jimmie Johnson, from inside the cockpit of the No. 84 AdventHealth Toyota before the AdventHealth 400, gives command to fire the engines! Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cockpit 

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Word History

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cockpit was in 1556

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“Cockpit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockpit. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

cockpit

noun
cock·​pit ˈkäk-ˌpit How to pronounce cockpit (audio)
: a space or compartment in a usually small vehicle (as a boat, airplane, or automobile) from which it is steered, piloted, or driven

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