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

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Still, hail caved in the radome in the airplane’s nose and broke cockpit windows. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Watch in Real Time as American Airlines 1897 Tries to Escape a Hail Storm From Hell," 6 June 2018 Damage to cockpit windows is relatively frequent, caused by hail or bird strikes, but incidents involving cabin windows are rarer. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Cracked Window Forces Southwest Jet Landing," 2 May 2018 Most of these spaceflight scenes are shot within the confines of the cockpits, which are claustrophobically confining. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘First Man’: Ryan Gosling is stellar as astronaut Neil Armstrong," 8 Oct. 2018 Tempe police have released camera footage of the crash, and in an inward-facing video of the cockpit, the Uber human backup driver appears distracted and looking down in the moments leading up to the fatal collision with Herzberg. David Muller, Car and Driver, "Waymo Chief Says His Company’s Self-Driving Tech “Would Be Able to Handle” Fatal Uber Crash Scenario," 26 Mar. 2018 To read this is to feel yourself in the cockpit with him. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 During that process, one gate-service agent sits in the cockpit as a second drives a tractor pulling the wheels below the plane’s nose. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "‘Video games’? Pilots wonder how plane thief learned to do aerial acrobatics," 13 Aug. 2018 The Monzas do without traditional windscreens in order to provide a wind in your face experience akin to that of an open cockpit race car, but are road legal. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Single-seat Ferrari Monza SP1 will cost seven figures," 18 Sep. 2018 Desmond Scott’s poignant account is that of an airman who witnessed D-Day through the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter-bomber. Robert Kershaw, WSJ, "Five Best: Robert Kershaw on the Best Accounts of D-Day," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cockpit

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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

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