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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The front section, including the cockpit survival cell and the jet engine's air intake, is a carbon fiber monocoque, similar to a top flight race car (and now the occasional road car). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Chaotic camera cuts and shaky-cam strap the viewer into the cockpit with the flyboy. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 Liu managed to pull his co-pilot back into the cockpit, according to his own account. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Co-pilot sucked halfway out of plane after windshield breaks off over China," 15 May 2018 The armored cockpit doors, the other layers to security, there is fail points there. CBS News, "After scathing report, will federal air marshal program be grounded?," 11 May 2018 Unlike most accidents and incidents investigated by NTSB, there is no recording of cockpit conversations on the Air Canada plane. Alan Levin,, "Runway Lights Baffled Pilots on Night of San Francisco Near-Miss," 2 May 2018 The New England Air Museum welcomed families for the annual Easter egg hunt, which featured arts and crafts, open cockpit tours, and a visit from the Bunny. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Air Museum Holds Egg Hunt," 11 Apr. 2018 Billups would be attempting to fly without ever stepping into the cockpit. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons mailbag: Why Chauncey Billups for general manager?," 25 Mar. 2018 Most who signed up were eager to hop into the cockpit; a few later had to use the barf bag. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "At Mars, Jeff Bezos Hosted Roboticists, Astronauts, Other Brainiacs and Me," 22 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 \

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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