- 1A compartment for the pilot, and sometimes also the crew, in an aircraft or spacecraft.More example sentences
- Today, the Air Force involuntarily removes young pilots from the cockpits of manned aircraft for 36 months to ‘fly’ unmanned aerial vehicles.
- With the proliferation in business aircraft of glass cockpits and automated flight controls, traditional techniques to train professional pilots are inevitably evolving.
- The aircraft has a glass cockpit and an electronic flight control system.
- 1.1The driver’s compartment in a racing car.More example sentences
- Strapped into the tight confines of the cockpit the driver has only one means of non-verbal expression - wobbling his head.
- One lucky fan will be chosen to sit in the cockpit of the dragster while the engine is warmed up.
- Because there are no timeouts other than a caution period here and there, drivers are strapped into cockpits that are more like saunas for three to four hours.
- 1.2A space for the helmsman in some small yachts.More example sentences
- The Challenger's centre hull has a cockpit with a sailor seat, making it possible to sail without moving around.
- 2A place where cockfights are held.More example sentences
- Cock fighting drew crowds to the cockpits on Bootham and elsewhere.
- 2.1A place where a battle or other conflict takes place: most conventional army training takes place on the cockpit of Salisbury PlainMore example sentences
- Refugees are also produced by ‘failed states’ that become cockpits for battling warlords.
- He is far from the English shires and urban heartlands that have become cockpits of the revolt against the government's plans for university top-up fees.
- Take this region, the cockpit of so much of world conflict today, as an example.
late 16th century (in sense 2): from cock1 + pit1. sense 1 dates from the early 20th century and derives from an early 18th-cent. nautical term denoting an area in the aft lower deck of a man-of-war where the wounded were taken, later coming to mean 'the ‘pit’ or well from which a yacht is steered'; hence the place housing the controls of other vehicles.