cockpit

noun
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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To read this is to feel yourself in the cockpit with him. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 During that process, one gate-service agent sits in the cockpit as a second drives a tractor pulling the wheels below the plane’s nose. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "‘Video games’? Pilots wonder how plane thief learned to do aerial acrobatics," 13 Aug. 2018 The Monzas do without traditional windscreens in order to provide a wind in your face experience akin to that of an open cockpit race car, but are road legal. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Single-seat Ferrari Monza SP1 will cost seven figures," 18 Sep. 2018 Desmond Scott’s poignant account is that of an airman who witnessed D-Day through the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter-bomber. Robert Kershaw, WSJ, "Five Best: Robert Kershaw on the Best Accounts of D-Day," 14 Dec. 2018 Flight controls inside a cockpit on an Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Man Vs. Machine at 40,000 Feet," 6 Jan. 2019 For an example, think of the movie Pacific Rim, which unites its robot pilots by essentially having them soulbond in the cockpit. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 The 2018 Silver Arrow’s seat and steering wheel are clad in a classy tan leather, the interior of the cockpit is dressed in a mix of polished aluminum and gray suede, and the floor is a pinstriped walnut. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Mercedes’ EQ Silver Arrow blends classic design with electric superpowers," 3 Oct. 2018 By the time Hinchcliffe climbed out of the cockpit -- unable to squeeze in one last desperate qualifying attempt -- the tears were beginning to fall down his bearded face. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Heartbroken James Hinchcliffe fails to qualify for Indy 500," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of cockpit

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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cockpit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cockpit

: the area in a boat, airplane, etc., where the pilot or driver sits

cockpit

noun
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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