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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Ankara builds parts of the fuselage, landing gear and cockpit displays, a boon for the country’s aerospace industry. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Pausing Deliveries of F-35 Equipment to Turkey," 3 Apr. 2019 The separate statement by Hamilton on the pilot cockpit displays is a public relations defense against recent criticism. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing defends 737 MAX’s cockpit add-ons, begins new pilot information sessions," 26 Mar. 2019 Somehow being closer to the cockpit is, in airline thinking, like being in the orchestra section. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "If Only Airline Tickets Were Like Sports Tickets," 24 Oct. 2018 Finally in December, Pina said, Alaska’s Seattle base chief informed her that she’d soon be allowed to return to the cockpit. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Co-pilot sues Alaska Airlines over alleged drugging, rape by flight captain during layover," 19 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of cockpit

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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