cockpit

noun

cock·​pit ˈkäk-ˌpit How to pronounce cockpit (audio)
1
a
: 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 However, that night Sky Harbor Air Traffic Control reported a green light shining in the front of a Southwest cockpit. Brenna Gauchat, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 In addition, Wider has teamed up with Italian outfit Applied to create a high-tech cockpit with real-time 3-D visualizations and more. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 As Rosie lowers himself out of the cockpit, Ken Lemmons’s ground crew hoists him up on their shoulders and chants his name. Chris Klimek, Vulture, 1 Mar. 2024 While air battles were executed digitally, the production used four real B-17s, and full-scale mock-ups of cockpits and bomber bays that were suspended 50 feet in the air on a gimbal and surrounded by high-definition screens. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cockpit 

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Word History

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cockpit was in 1556

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“Cockpit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockpit. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

cockpit

noun
cock·​pit ˈkäk-ˌpit How to pronounce cockpit (audio)
: a space or compartment in a usually small vehicle (as a boat, airplane, or automobile) from which it is steered, piloted, or driven

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