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.
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How to use cockpit in a sentence
The cockpit insulation performance was 10% higher than the standards at the time because the pores in the insulating foam were 40% smaller, reaching a micrometer scale.Use today’s tech solutions to meet the climate crisis and do it profitably | Walter Thompson | February 12, 2021 | TechCrunch
Airplane cockpits and ship bridges may share certain information and action features but were not historically described as dashboards.Covid-19 dashboards are vital, yet flawed, sources of public information | Jacqueline Wernimont | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
A plane called Solar Impulse 2 went around the world over 14 months, but it could only hold the pilot in an unheated, unpressurized phone-booth-size cockpit whose single seat doubled as a toilet.United Airlines aims to suck carbon dioxide from the friendly skies | Steven Mufson | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
It has no cockpit because, obviously, it has no need of a pilot.Autonomous Ravn X Drone to Launch Satellites From Airport Runways | Jason Dorrier | December 21, 2020 | Singularity Hub
A series of small fires gave Yeager nightmares about being trapped in the cockpit surrounded by flames and unable to escape.Chuck Yeager has died at 97, but the legacy of his record-breaking flight lives on | Rob Verger | December 8, 2020 | Popular-Science
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? | Clive Irving | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He would navigate from the cockpit using a road atlas—while snorting cocaine off the map.
You will feel both embarrassed and grateful for this, even as you wonder why the cockpit looks like a 1950s sci-fi set.
Some airline chiefs believe that there was an invasion of the cockpit.
George, duke of Albemarle, captain-general of his majesty's forces, died at the cockpit.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The yacht nearly broached to, while the next oncoming wave broke fairly aboard, filling the cockpit half-full of water.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
Then a wave would come aboard astern, rolling in and nearly filling the cockpit.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
A very important fitting is a hatch by which the cockpit can be completely covered in in heavy weather.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
The last occasion on which any part of Belgium, so long the 'cockpit of Europe,' had a glimpse of war was in the autumn of 1870.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
British Dictionary definitions for cockpit
the compartment in a small aircraft in which the pilot, crew, and sometimes the passengers sit: Compare 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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