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 Honeywell dominates avionics, for example, the critical controls in the cockpit, and Woodward dominates the design and manufacture of fuel systems for jet engines. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: The coronavirus is crushing airlines, but these stocks should bounce back," 24 June 2020 Terrorists try to gain access to the cockpit (where most of the film takes place) on a jet from Berlin to Paris, and Gordon-Levitt's character tries to stay alive by connecting with one of the assailants. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Kevin Bacon chiller 'You Should Have Left,' 'Dads' documentary for Father's Day," 19 June 2020 Once the cockpit door is closed for take-off, the camera stays inside with the pilots. The Economist, "Atmospheric pressure “7500” delivers high drama on a low budget," 18 June 2020 The situation escalates further when the hijackers begin taking hostages, threatening to kill them if Tobias doesn't open the cockpit door. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the only reason to watch '7500,' Amazon Prime's hijacking thriller," 17 June 2020 Helicopter engine-intake hoses and sizable industrial capacitors adorn the DeLorean's engine cover, while the cockpit is packed with functioning LED displays. Talon Homer, Car and Driver, "The Cars Are the Stars: The Art of Replicating Hollywood's Famous Rides," 14 June 2020 Then the procession of 33 cars exitsTurn 4 and the sight nearly knocks him out the cockpit. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Why fans are vital to the Indy 500: 'A 500 without fans is a 500 I don't wanna race'," 13 June 2020 Cascade 29 daysailor, with a 20-foot-long cockpit, can take six guests sightseeing. oregonlive, "Oregon getaways for the whole family: Are you ready to plan for fun on the water?," 12 June 2020 Within the cockpit, new touch-screen displays will render images and maps with higher fidelity. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "Famed U-2 Spy Plane Takes on a New Surveillance Mission," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of cockpit

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Jun 2020

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“Cockpit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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