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 Maverick is full of cutting-edge filmmaking that transports audiences into the cockpit of an F18. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2022 Although McCubbin did get an up-close look at the old, familiar plane, the heat of the day prevented him from climbing all the steps to get into the cockpit. Olivia Morley, ajc, 5 June 2022 There is also a possibility that someone else on the plane could have broken into the cockpit and deliberately caused the crash, these people said. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Harrison climbed into the cockpit and saw that the plane was diving, and fast. CBS News, 17 May 2022 For Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise even did his own flying, taking the camera into the cockpit and then up into the sky with him—no camera crew or stuntman required. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 More staff converged from all directions to unload crates of provisions for the next two weeks, while Ella and Natalie were allowed to wander outside and climb into the cockpit. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, referenced a disturbance on a cross-country American Airlines flight Sunday when a 50-year-old man tried to get into the cockpit and open the plane's exit door. Paul Best, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2022 The cockpit and cabin then crashed into a roadway and a guardrail and were consumed by fire. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Cockpit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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