cock·pit | \ ˈkäk-ˌpit \

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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Its vehicle doesn’t have the constraint of keeping a human driver safe, so the design team—led by Daniel Simon, known for his work on Tron: Legacy—dropped the cockpit and whittled away the central spine of the vehicle. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "A Racing Robocar Takes On England's Swankiest Track," 7 July 2018 Based on his conversations with others, one instructor said Thursday that up to 11 pilots have refused to fly since Monday, including some avoiding getting in the cockpit for weeks. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Commander halted Randolph training flights over pilots’ concerns," 28 June 2018 The cockpit is designed to provide the driver with an enhanced field of vision and maximum control of the digital display systems in the cabin. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New futuristic Israeli 'dune-buggy' is bristling with weapons, ready for combat," 22 June 2018 Marketing Stunts On April 25, a promotional tour was announced that would bring recreations of the Falcon’s cockpit and other scenes from the movie to a handful of cities. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Disney's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Marketing Battled Franchise Saturation," 23 May 2018 One protected the cockpit while the other marshal worked to keep Olorunda calm. Char Adams,, "Washington Man Forced to Pay Delta Airlines and Faces Jail After Causing Emergency Landing," 12 July 2018 On September 11 nearly 17 years ago, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in rural Pennsylvania after passengers stormed the cockpit to prevent terrorists from reaching their target, presumed to be the United States Capitol. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Building the Flight 93 Memorial’s Massive Chime Tower," 5 July 2018 Where did Han get the idea to hang up the gold dice in the Falcon’s cockpit? Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, "74 'Star Wars' Questions 'Solo' Insisted on Answering," 1 June 2018 Her office is a modern cockpit perched near the top of a 22-foot-tall and 11-foot-wide locomotive that weighs 257,000 pounds. Kevin Spear,, "SunRail trains driven by women engineers for 1st time," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of cockpit

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cockpit was in 1585

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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 \

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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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