- a space, usually enclosed, in the forward fuselage of an airplane containing the flying controls, instrument panel, and seats for the pilot and copilot or flight crew.
- a sunken, open area, generally in the after part of a small vessel, as a yacht, providing space for the pilot, part or all of the crew, or guests.
- the space, including the seat and instrumentation, surrounding the driver of an automobile.
- a pit or enclosed place for cockfights.
- a place where a contest is fought or which has been the scene of many contests or battles.
- (formerly) a space below the water line in a warship, occupied by the quarters of the junior officers and used as a dressing station for those wounded in action.
Origin of cockpit
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Examples from the Web for cockpit
And increasingly smart navigation aids in the cockpit brought far greater precision and efficiency to route planning.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
I believe there was a captain aboard, but Hughes kept throwing him out of the cockpit.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He would navigate from the cockpit using a road atlas—while snorting cocaine off the map.The Secrets of Britain’s Wildest Aristocrats
October 20, 2014
You will feel both embarrassed and grateful for this, even as you wonder why the cockpit looks like a 1950s sci-fi set.The Malaysian Air Tragedy Reawakens a Primal Fear
Kelly Williams Brown
July 19, 2014
Some airline chiefs believe that there was an invasion of the cockpit.The Flight 370 Zombie Theory Rises From the Dead
June 26, 2014
Into the cockpit, splashing, something dropped—a coil of rope.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Their country had been the cockpit of Europe from the time of Csar until Waterloo.
But at the same instant Chris leaped desperately from the cockpit of the scout.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
With a word of farewell, he climbed out of the cockpit and onto a wing.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
I had to climb into the cockpit and straighten out the mess.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- the compartment in a small aircraft in which the pilot, crew, and sometimes the passengers sitCompare flight deck (def. 1)
- the driver's compartment in a racing car
- an enclosed or recessed area towards the stern of a small vessel from which it is steered
- (formerly) an apartment in a warship used as quarters for junior officers and as a first-aid station during combat
- the site of numerous battles or campaigns
- an enclosure used for cockfights
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Word Origin and History for cockpit
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