cockpit

noun
cock·​pit | \ ˈkäk-ˌpit How to pronounce cockpit (audio) \

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

Examples of cockpit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More on Race 1 in Detroit: Immediately following the impact, Rosenqvist appeared 'awake and alert' in his cockpit from in-car video shown on the NBC broadcast. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 13 June 2021 Although IndyCar had mandated the use of an aerodynamic device designed to circulate air in the cockpit, the drivers were overheated on a hot and humid Detroit day. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, 12 June 2021 Although IndyCar had mandated the use of an aerodynamic device designed to circulate air in the cockpit, the drivers were overheated on a hot and humid Detroit day. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 While Blue Origin’s and SpaceX’s capsules are fully automated, Virgin Galactic has two pilots in the cockpit for every spaceflight. Michelle Chapman, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2021 But the idea is that a person will sit in the cockpit and pilot the aircraft solo over rural areas. New York Times, 7 June 2021 He was murdered in his cockpit at age 51 in a 6½-minute struggle for control of the airplane. Debra Burlingame, WSJ, 27 May 2021 Worse, Boeing had designed a new remote video system that allowed the operator of the tanker’s refueling boom to sit in the cockpit instead of lying down in the plane’s tail. David Axe, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Show livestream lets viewers watching from home ride in the cockpit with aviators and toggle between video feeds and audio commentary from the narrator’s broadcast stage. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of cockpit

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cockpit was in 1556

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16 Jun 2021

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“Cockpit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockpit. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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cockpit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cockpit

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

cockpit

noun
cock·​pit | \ ˈkäk-ˌpit How to pronounce cockpit (audio) \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on cockpit

Nglish: Translation of cockpit for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cockpit

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